What does IP completion day mean for public law?
What does IP completion day mean for public law?

The following Public Law practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • What does IP completion day mean for public law?
  • Overview—what does IP completion day mean?
  • EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement
  • European Union (Future Relationship) Act 2020
  • Impact of the TCA post-IP completion day
  • How does IP completion day impact public law?
  • Constitutional and administrative law
  • Retained EU law
  • Judicial review
  • Key legislation
  • More...

What does IP completion day mean for public law?

11pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marked the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period entered into following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. From this point in time (referred to in UK law as ‘IP completion day’), key transitional arrangements came to an end and significant changes began to take effect across the UK’s legal regime. This Practice Note considers the implications of these changes from a public law perspective, as well as some of the broader public law concepts associated with the domestic implementation of Brexit and the impact in UK law.

Subjects covered include:

  1. Overview—what does IP completion day mean?

  2. How does IP completion day impact public law?

  3. Constitutional and administrative law

  4. Retained EU law

  5. Judicial review

  6. Equality and human rights

  7. Public procurement

  8. Public sector contracts

  9. Information law

  10. Brexit research materials

Post-transition, we continue to monitor relevant developments and queries, keeping this content under regular review as matters evolve. Practitioners may find it useful to refer back to this material in their research, as well as the relevant practice-specific guidance.

For further reading on the Brexit transition/post-transition period, and the broader impact of IP completion day for UK law and practice, see: Brexit toolkit and Brexit transition hub.

Overview—what does IP completion day mean?

As of 11pm GMT on 31 January 2020 (exit day) the UK ceased to be

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