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Amendments to Equality legislation in preparation for Brexit


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The Equality (Amendment and Revocation) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 -

‘... amend references to the European Union, its laws and institutions in a range of legislation relating to equalities. These references will become redundant when the United Kingdom leaves the European Union on 29 March 2019 and therefore this instrument is required to ensure that the relevant domestic legislation remains clear, workable and fit for purpose after this date…

The policy intention is that the provisions that this instrument amends will continue to operate as before.’

The explantory memorandum adds -

‘In the case of the repeal of sections 203 and 204 of the Equality Act 2010, these measures were designed to enable domestic law to be harmonised with any new EU obligations (to be implemented using section 2(2) of the European Communities Act 1972) that arose. These are therefore being removed entirely and not replaced with equivalent provisions.’