The size and scope of the task is immense: there are thousands and thousands of regulations, directives and statutory instruments. The vast majority of these have not been digitised and instead exist in text books, therefore requiring lawyers to collate and analyse every page in order to properly scrutinize each one.
This begs the question: if Brexit has to be implemented in under two years, what effect will this have on the legislature? Or will an implementation period be necessary after all?
There is no doubt that the whoever is in government will face a daunting task. There are 12,000 EU regulations currently in force in the UK that will need to be either ditched or converted into domestic law, often needing to be amended first. Then there are the EU Directives, which require each member state to amend their own laws to bring them into effect. Hunting for statutory instruments In the UK, the government estimates that nearly 8,000 statutory instruments have been created to implement EU directives, and about 1,000 of these will need to be changed because they refer to EU concepts or institutions. But while the 12,000 EU regulations are neatly kept on an EU website, the UK’s statutory instruments are scattered about like clothes in a teenager’s bedroom.