The permanent legislation concerned with the offence of trading with the enemy1 came into operation on 3 September 19392, with a protection from liability for previous acts not unlawful at common law3 and without prejudice to the exercise of any right or prerogative of the Crown4. The administration of the legislation is assigned to the Secretary of State5, save that discretion over consenting to assignments of choses or things in action and transfers of negotiable instruments is entrusted to the Treasury6. The legislation7 may be extended, subject to certain exceptions, adaptations and modifications, by Order in Council to the
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