European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020

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(EU(WA)A 2020).

The UK's European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020 was passed in January 2020.

It gave effect to the Withdrawal Agreement(*) between the UK and the European Union, including the transition period ended 31 December 2020.

It also amended the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018.


The 2020 Act passed the necessary legal changes to implement Brexit in the UK, subject to the transition period ended 31 December 2020.

Its effects included:

  • Repeal of the European Communities Act 1972 (the ECA), which enabled the UK to join the EU in 1973.
  • Incorporation of EU law into domestic UK law 'wherever practical' with effect from 31 December 2020.
  • Delegated powers to enable the UK government to adapt any UK domestic laws that 'originate from the EU, so as to fit the UK's new relationship with the EU'.


(*) The European Union concluded the Withdrawal Agreement on 31 January 2020.


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