The UK’s withdrawal from the EU began on 29 March 2017 with the triggering of Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union. The UK Government has now introduced the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (the “Withdrawal Bill”), containing its proposals for dealing with EU law post-Brexit. The Bill would repeal the European Communities Act 1972, giving effect to the UK’s exit from the EU, while also providing that existing EU law as at the point of Brexit is preserved in domestic law unless and until such time as the UK Parliament (or the relevant devolved legislature) decides otherwise. If the Bill is not enacted, or not enacted in full, there could be significant ramifications for individuals facing the challenges associated with family breakdown.
We have set out below some information for individual clients who may be concerned or affected by potential changes in family law as a consequence of Brexit.