The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (informally known as the “Great Repeal Bill”) passed its second reading on 11 September. The Committee stage is scheduled for 14-15 November, although it is still possible that political pressures will derail that timetable. What impact will the bill, if it completes its passage, have on construction law?
It must be said at the outset that the bill is likely to undergo significant change before it is enacted. Over 400 amendments have been tabled by MPs. Any assessment at this stage must necessarily be provisional.
The economic implications of Brexit for the construction industry will be profound, but the purely legal effects on construction will be less marked. Contract law in general will continue largely as before. Certain aspects of construction law, however, have been marked by the influence of European law, and it is on these that we will focus, following an overview of the bill itself.
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