Brexit secretary signs order to end all EU law in the UK
The government has signed into law legislation to repeal the act of Parliament that set in stone Britain’s EU (EEC) membership in 1972.
The government has announced the repeal of the European Communities Act 1972, marking a historic step in returning lawmaking powers from Brussels to the UK.
The repeal of the the act will take effect when Britain formally leaves the EU on 31 October.
Speaking after signing the legislation that will crystallise in law the upcoming repeal of the ECA, the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, Steve Barclay, said, "This is a clear signal to the people of this country that there is no turning back – we are leaving the EU as promised on October 31, whatever the circumstances – delivering on the instructions given to us in 2016.
"The ECA saw countless EU regulations flowing directly into UK law for decades, and any government serious about leaving on October 31 should show their commitment to repealing it.
"That is what we are doing by setting in motion that repeal. This is a landmark moment in taking back control of our laws from Brussels."
In 2016, some 17.4 million people voted to leave the EU in a referendum.