Construction Law guide to Brexit: Article 50 and withdrawal from the EU (2017) 28 4 Cons.Law 14 [Archived]
Construction Law guide to Brexit: Article 50 and withdrawal from the EU (2017) 28 4 Cons.Law 14 [Archived]

The following Construction guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Construction Law guide to Brexit: Article 50 and withdrawal from the EU (2017) 28 4 Cons.Law 14 [Archived]
  • Is art 50 revocable?
  • What are the legal and regulatory implications of withdrawal from the EU?
  • The EU (Withdrawal) Bill
  • Other legislation
  • Construction contracts and Brexit

ARCHIVED: This Practice Note has been archived and is not maintained.

Rachel Chaplin of DLA Piper looks at the potential impact of Brexit related changes in the latest in DLA Piper's series of Construction Guides. Contractors look more at risk from a change in circumstances as a result of Brexit than employers, she warns.

This article appears as originally published in Construction Law on 1 February 2018 and is not maintained.

What does art 50 actually say? Article 50 provides:

  1. That any member state may decide to withdraw from the Union in accordance with its own constitutional requirements.

  2. A member state which decides to withdraw must notify the Union of its intention.

  3. All EU treaties will cease to apply on conclusion of a withdrawal agreement, or failing that, two years after notification.

  4. The European Council can decide to extend the period, but the decision must be unanimous.

The EU treaties will automatically cease to apply to the UK after 29 March 2019 unless one of the following happens:

  1. a withdrawal agreement is concluded with a later date;

  2. the UK and the EU agree unanimously to extend the two-year art 50 period; or

  3. the UK unilaterally withdraws its art 50 notice.

The European Parliament will have to consent to any withdrawal agreement by simple majority, but it will have to be concluded by a qualified majority—20