On 26 June 2018 the EU (Withdrawal) Bill received Royal Assent and became an Act of Parliament.

The Act will incorporate around 12,000 pieces of existing EU law into domestic law, but this is not enough to provide the UK with a functioning set of laws on exit day. The Act therefore provides powers for the devolved administrations to make secondary legislation to correct the laws that will no longer operate appropriately.

In the absence of a Northern Ireland Executive, the secondary legislation required to correct the statute book for exit day will have to be taken forward by UK Government Ministers in Westminster.

NICS officials are currently liaising closely with Whitehall counterparts in regards to the drafting of secondary legislation.

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