This draft enactment is laid in exercise of legislative powers under the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 in preparation for Brexit. This draft enactment proposes to amend UK primary and subordinate legislation relating to rules on jurisdiction and repeal rules on recognition for the divorce of same sex couples and the dissolution of civil partnerships to correspond to the changes made in relation to opposite sex married couples by the Jurisdiction and Judgments (Family) (Amendment etc) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 in order to remedy deficiencies in EU-derived domestic legislation. It comes into force on exit day.
These draft Regulations are laid in exercise of the powers in section 8(1) of, and paragraph 21 of Schedule 7 to, the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (EU(W)A 2018) in order to address failures of retained EU law to operate effectively in England and Wales and Northern Ireland, and other deficiencies arising from the withdrawal of the UK from the EU (and in particular, the deficiencies under EU(W)A 2018, s 8(2), paras (c), (d), (g), (3), para (a)).
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