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UK List of Retained EU Law

Posted in: Brexit, Information Topic, Legal,
Author: Myra Cecilia Azzopardi

Retained EU law dashboard

This dashboard shows a list of retained EU laws (REUL). These are laws that the UK saved to ensure legislative continuity immediately after Brexit.

From the Government UK site.


In September 2021, the Government announced the review into the substance of retained EU law (REUL) to determine which departments, policy areas and sectors of the economy contain the most REUL.

In June 2022, the Government published the initial outcome of this review, which is intended to be an authoritative catalogue of REUL. The public are invited to view this catalogue in order to understand where EU-derived legislation sits on the UK statute book and to take the opportunity to scrutinise this legislation.

Now that we have taken back control of our statute book, the Government is taking a proactive approach to update it by amending, repealing or replacing REUL that is no longer fit for the UK. This will allow us to create a new pro-growth, high standards regulatory framework that gives businesses the confidence to innovate, invest and create jobs.

In terms of next steps, we have brought forward the Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill. This Bill will make it easier to amend, repeal or replace REUL to deliver the UK’s regulatory, economic and environmental priorities.

Alongside the Bill, the government will continue to engage with stakeholders to identify where we can maximise the benefits of Brexit and test opportunities for reform, from artificial intelligence and data protection, to the future of transport and health and safety. Any future reforms will prioritise making a tangible difference to improving people’s lives in the UK.


REUL is a category of domestic law created at the end of the transition period. It is made up of certain pieces of direct EU legislation that were ‘cut and pasted’ onto the UK statute book. REUL is also made up of certain domestic laws that implemented EU law.

The catalogue of REUL can be accessed via Tableau Public, which hosts the second iteration of the interactive REUL dashboard. The new data included in this update was collected by departments between July 2022  and January 2023 as part of an ongoing cross-government collaborative exercise to identify REUL that did not otherwise have a clear departmental owner. This exercise has identified over 1, 000 additional pieces of REUL which are now present on the dashboard. This dashboard provides multiple options to explore and filter over 3,700 pieces of legislation, concentrated over 400 unique policy areas. Future updates to the Dashboard will take place throughout 2023. These will include further previously ‘orphaned’ REUL which has been identified by The National Archives.

This second iteration of the REUL dashboard is not intended to provide a comprehensive account of REUL in general, nor of REUL that sits with the competence of the Devolved Governments. It may contain individual pieces of REUL which do sit in devolved areas and does indicate the territorial extent of individual pieces of REUL.

Creating and continuing to develop this comprehensive record of EU-derived legislation will enable Government to accelerate regulatory reform and reclaim the UK statute book. Going forward, the government will continue to update this catalogue on a quarterly basis as government departments work to identify where more legislation can be amended, repealed or replaced. This dashboard documents the government’s progress against that aim.

Retained EU Law Dashboard




Please note: The information provided is based upon our understanding of current legislation. It is not legal advice but is provided freely to enable you to be properly informed. We recommend that if you are considering taking action, you should seek professional advice.

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