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The European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Act

Key Points

  • The European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill (WAB)  or any successor equivalent had to pass before the UK leaves the EU in order for any Withdrawal Agreement to have domestic legal effect. On 6 November 2019 Parliament was dissolved and as a consequence the WAB failed to enter the statute books. A new WAB 2019/20 was introduced by the new (December 2019) Parliament in order for the UK to leave the EU with a deal 
  • Royal assent was give to the WAB on 23rd January 2020 and the MEPs ratified the UK withdrawal agreement on 29 January making 31st January 2020 'Brexit day'
  • This card tracks events from March 2018.

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