White Paper #1

The Government last week launched its White Paper setting out its plans to leave the EU. The document is long on aspiration but can it be delivered? Aside from the rhetoric, the takeaways were as follows: (1) the Government is willing to retain a significant amount of our existing regulation (‘it makes no sense to start from scratch’); (2) there will be a strong push for a transitional period following the Article 50 timeline, ‘it is in no one’s interest for there to be a cliff edge’; (3) there will be further White Papers (dealing with matters such as the Great Repeal Bill); (4) A ‘dispute resolution scheme’ should replace the ECJ; (5) a closing admission that there are no guarantees of success (“We will ensure that our economic and other functions can continue, including by passing legislation as necessary to mitigate the effects of failing to reach a deal’).