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This is merely symbolic. Even when relevant provision of EU (Withdrawal) Act 2018 is brought into force, it repeals the EC Act 1972 only with effect from 'exit day'. If (eg) UK negotiated further extension, 'exit day' could be amended and ECA repeal deferred accordingly.
And, to be absolutely clear, bringing section 1 of the Withdrawal Act (which provides for repeal of the EC Act) before 31 October does *not* bring forward the date of EC Act's repeal: it will not be repealed prior to 'exit day', which is currently defined as 31 October.
The upshot? Contrary to this report, commencing section 1 of Withdrawal Act doesn't 'cement' the 'do or die' pledge: it just activates the provision that repeals EC Act on 'exit day', while leaving open the possibility of 'exit day' being amended in the event of an extension.
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