In April 2017 the Research Service published its first Brexit timeline which sought to set out how the key events in negotiations on the UK’s exit from the EU, domestic preparations for the UK’s withdrawal and key constitutional events in the Assembly and Wales may interlink over the next 24 months. In publishing that first timeline we committed to update and develop the timeline as the negotiations progressed. Below is the second iteration of the timeline. It is based on the best public information available at this time and is likely to be subject to further refinements and amendments as negotiations progress over the coming weeks and months.
On 13 July 2017 the UK Government introduced the EU (Withdrawal) Bill into the House of Commons. One of the elements of the Bill that has caused greatest debate since its publication is the impact the Bill will have on the devolved settlements. Differences have emerged in the views as to where powers over areas such as agriculture and fisheries should ‘return’ to after the UK exits the EU. The First Ministers’ of Wales and Scotland have described the Bill as a ‘naked power-grab’ whilst the UK Government has outlined their view that the Bill maintains ‘the current decision making powers of the devolved institutions’.
On 13 July 2017 the UK Government introduced the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill. The Bill sets out the procedures and processes by which the current body of EU law will be converted into UK law upon the UK’s exit from the EU. This paper provides an introductory guide to the key provisions if the Bill, why the Bill is needed, the expected timeline for the Bill and how the Bill will impact on the legislative competence of the Assembly and the powers of Welsh Ministers.
On 30 March 2017 the then UK Government published its White Paper on Legislating for the United Kingdom’s Withdrawal from the European Union. Essentially the White Paper set out the changes the UK Government believed would need to be made to the law and legal frameworks in the UK in preparation for the UK’s exit from the EU.