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Divergence and alignment: The Rule of Law implications of the future relationship with the EU

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The substance of the UK's future relationship with the EU is now the principal focus of the Brexit debate. The UK Government has made clear that it will secure the right to diverge from EU law. The EU has sought to emphasise that the absence of commitments to align will have negative consequences for the UK's level of access to the single market.

At present it is unclear how the UK Government will use the right to diverge. The Government may seek to maintain alignment unilaterally with EU laws in certain areas. The Government could also move quickly to put in place new domestic legislative frameworks, which diverge from EU law, in most areas of EU competence from 1 January 2021. Much of the debate on the UK Government's approach to the future relationship has focused on the economic consequences, but the right to diverge also raises a range of Rule of Law issues.

This seminar will examine the Rule of Law issues connected to the UK and EU's approach to the future relationship. These include: the use of delegated powers and legislation, the complexity of post-Brexit statute book, the implications for devolution, the role of courts in interpreting retained EU law, the governance of the future relationship and the relationship between domestic and international law in delivering legal certainty. 


Davina Garrod, Partner, Akin Gump

Confirmed speakers:

  • Prof Kenneth Armstrong, University of Cambridge
  • Paul Hardy, DLA Piper
  • Alex Sinclair, Public Law project

More speakers to be confirmed.

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This event is free to attend, however, advance registration is required.           

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This event offers the equivalent of 1.5 CPD hours.


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