The Great Repeal Bill aims to end the European Union's legal supremacy in the UK by converting all EU legislation into UK law as soon as the UK leaves the EU. The Bill contains three main elements:
The Bill will be formally introduced in the Queen's Speech in May, before it is voted through Parliament by MPs and Peers. With more than 12,000 EU laws currently in force,the House of Commons library has warned it will be one of the largest legislative processes "ever undertaken" in the UK.
Theresa May, the Prime Minister, says the Great Repeal Bill means the UK "will be an independent sovereign nation" and the CBI has welcomed the "clarity and continuity" of the Bill, announcing that it would speak to ministers after Brexit with the hope of cutting EU red tape.
Unions have also called for guarantees that workers' rights, such as full holiday pay and equal gender pay, will be protected once the new bill comes into force.
The introduction of the Great Repeal Bill is not expected to have a significant impact on employment law generally, as EU-derived law is so embedded in UK law that it would be very complex to unpick. The government has stated on more than one occasion that employment rights will not be eroded as a result of Brexit. However, the exact impact is largely unknown at this stage and much may depend upon how the UK's negotiations with the EU develop.
It may be that following Brexit, the UK will seek to maintain the status quo and start addressing particular laws individually over time, either by repealing or amending them.
We will continue to keep you updated of any changes that occur as a result of the Great Repeal Bill.