After Brexit, the UK was no longer represented in all EU institutions, but EU law continued to be applied until the end of the transition period, which ended on December 31, 2020. Most of the legislation inherited from the EU remained in British law. All Thus, in September 2021, Lord Frost announced a revision of the content of EU legislation that his country would keep in the legal system (“REUL”).
REUL is a class of local law created at the end of the transition period. It is made up of certain elements of EU law that have been “cut and pasted” into the British law book. REUL also consists of some national laws that have implemented EU law and are kept as REUL in the UK legal system.
The REUL catalog can be accessed online via an interactive panel:
There are multiple options to explore and filter over 2,400 legislation, held in over 300 areas and 21 sectors of the British economy, the most important of which are environment and transport. This catalog is not only intended to provide a comprehensive list of retained community legislation, but it also does not allow access to retained community legislation.
An important advantage of the interactive board is that it shows the laws that have changed since the United Kingdom left the European Union. Indeed, the UK government intends to further develop the commission and to identify further legislation that can be amended, repealed or replaced over time.
Currently, REUL prevails, in the event of a conflict, over any other British legislation on the same subject. However, the UK government is reviewing the concept of “higher community law” as it relates to REUL. One of its goals would be to allow REUL challenge, as well as changes to REUL’s thematic content.