This briefing provides an analysis of the recent Government White Paper: ‘Legislating for the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union’. It provides a summary of the White Paper and an analysis from the perspective of the key issues facing local government as the UK withdraws from the EU.
EU laws impact on many of the council services that affect people's day-to-day lives. These range from deciding how to protect people from being served unsafe food when they eat out to regulating how councils buy goods and services. The Great Repeal Bill will convert such EU laws into UK law.
To note, there was a diversity of views among local government about Britain’s membership of the EU. To reflect this, the LGA remained neutral during and post the referendum. This neutrality continues to be reflected in our objective analysis of new developments and publications in the Brexit negotiations.