This is a revised version to correct an error in paragraph 33

Private International Law (Implementation of Agreements) Bill [HL]

Explanatory Notes

Commencement

63 Clause 4(2) provides that the provisions of the Bill dealing with the implementation of the 1996, 2005 and 2007 Hague Conventions and consequential amendments set out in Schedule 5 come into force on "IP completion day", which is at the end of the transition period. However, there is a power for the Secretary of State to appoint the day on which certain provisions of Schedule 5 will come into force. These are the amendments to the EU Exit Regulations dealing with the 2005 and 2007 Hague Conventions (SI 2018/1124 and 2018/1125) dealing with cases arising during any gap in the application of those Conventions to the UK after the end of the transition period and before the UK has become a contracting party to them in its own right. The Government plans to time the UK’s accession to and ratification of the 2005 and 2007 Hague Conventions so that a gap does not arise, in which case the provisions listed in section 4(3) will be commenced on "IP completion day", that is, at the end of the transition period. However, subsection (3) provides flexibility not to bring these provisions into force if a gap is unavoidable.

64 Clause 4(4) means that the provisions of the Bill relating to the clause 2 power will come into force on Royal Assent. This means that the Government will be able to make regulations under the power to implement any international agreements on PIL which it intends should be in force ready for the end of the transition period.

 

27th February 2020