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The Civil Jurisdiction and Judgments (Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements 2005) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018

In force on Exit Day

  • Explanatory Memorandum

    These Regulations are made in exercise of the power in section 8(1) of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (c. 16) in order to address failures of retained EU law to operate effectively and other deficiencies (in particular under section 8(2)(c) and (e)) arising from the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union.

    These Regulations make amendments and modifications to legislation in the field of private international law, relating to the Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements, done at The Hague on 30th June 2005 ("the 2005 Hague Convention"). The United Kingdom has applied the 2005 Hague Convention since 1st October 2015 by virtue of the EU's conclusion of that Convention and it will cease to apply to the United Kingdom upon exit day. These Regulations make provision in relation to the directly effective rights etc derived from the 2005 Hague Convention in domestic law, both in relation to choice of court agreements that will lose the benefit of the convention upon exit day and in relation to choice of court agreements to which the 2005 Hague Convention will once again apply when the United Kingdom accedes to that convention in its own right.

    Part 2 of these Regulations identifies the rights etc which are derived from the 2005 Hague Convention and recognised in domestic law by virtue of section 4 of the European Union Withdrawal Act 2018 ("the section 4 rights"). That Part also makes provision regarding how the section 4 rights are to apply to exclusive choice of court agreements concluded before exit day, those concluded after exit day but before the 2005 Hague Convention again enters into force for the United Kingdom, and to those exclusive choice of court agreements to which the 2005 Hague Convention will apply in accordance with the provisions of Article 16 when that Convention again enters into force for the United Kingdom.

    Part 3 of these Regulations modifies primary and secondary legislation relating to the 2005 Hague Convention, applying it to the section 4 rights as they apply to exclusive choice of court agreements concluded before exit day and those concluded after exit day but before the 2005 Hague Convention again enters into force for the United Kingdom. It also repeals section 24 of the Civil Jurisdiction and Judgments Act 1982 (c.27) in so far as that provision relates to references to the Court of Justice of the European Union regarding interpretation of the 2005 Hague Convention.

    Part 4 of these Regulations revokes retained EU legislation consisting of two Council Decisions relating to the signature and conclusion of the 2005 Hague Convention by the European Union.

    In force on Exit Day (29 March 2019)

    Read the SI on legislation.gov.uk

SI, published: 02/11/2018

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Published: 02/11/2018

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