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What is an EU Regulation?

A Regulation is a form of EU secondary legislation, used to implement objectives under EU law. Unlike Directives, which are passed at EU level and then implemented at national level, once an EU Regulation is passed at EU level it has direct effect  in every EU Member State at the same time.

Regulations are commonly used to implement EU law, and there are approximately 12000 EU Regulations.

In the UK, regulations apply by virtue of the European Communities Act 1972, which is the Act of Parliament that made us members of the EU. Once that Act is repealed, all EU Regulations will cease to apply to the UK. These laws will need to be repatiated back into UK law before the ECA is repealed. Failure to do so would result in significant legal gaps in the existing legal framework.

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