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EU law in the UK, 1973-2020: an obituary

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With the ending of the Brexit transition period set for 31st December 2020, the United Kingdom brings to an end a remarkable episode of its legal history as well as of its political and economic history.

When the UK joined the European communities on 1st January 1973, it was not only joining an international organisation and trading arrangement. Although the European Economic Community was known as “the common market,” it was always far more than a mere marketplace.

By joining the EEC, the United Kingdom was becoming part of an extraordinary and, in many ways, destabilising legal…

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