Retained EU law

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Law - UK - Brexit.

Retained EU law in the UK is EU law that applied in the UK at the end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December 2020, and continues to apply.

Retained EU law is provided for under the UK's European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018.


It includes:

  • Domestic UK law which implemented former EU obligations.
  • EU legislation which was directly applicable in the UK. For example, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and other Regulations.
  • Other rights and principles of EU law that had direct effect in the UK. For example the right not to be discriminated against on the grounds of nationality.


EU Directives did not have direct effect in the UK.

Therefore they are not automatically retained EU law.


Source: Pinsent Masons - Retained EU law in the UK after Brexit.


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