The triggering of Article 50 means that the UK is likely to have left the European Union by the summer of 2019. The purpose of the Bill is to repeal the European Communities Act 1972 and ensure that existing European legislation is enshrined in the law of the UK.
By adopting all current European law into our domestic law, the government is ensuring that there will be no immediate reduction or change in employment rights when the country exits the EU in 2019. This news should provide some comfort and certainty to both employers and employees.
This 'business as usual' approach to employment law was reinforced by the Prime Minister in her speech at the Conservative Party Conference. She said that:
You can find more information on the Great Repeal Bill by reading our article.