Legal impact of ‘Brexit’ on the United Kingdom

The result of the British referendum, also known as the EU referendum, established a new reality, in which almost 52% of the British voted for “Leave” the European Union membership. However, the official withdrawal from the EU is planned in March 2019. Terms and conditions of ‘Brexit’ still remain unknown, but it obviously will be impossible to avoid significant changes in laws, regulations, taxes, court jurisdictions, whatever form ‘Brexit’ will take.

One of the AI legal companies has performed an interesting investigation using technical tools to measure the impact of hard ‘Brexit’ on British law. The results were overwhelmingly impressive.

    • Approximately 12% of UK case law will fall under reckless risk in comparison with the last year due to EU legal issues that became part of the UK cases.

    • Nearly 40-50% of UK Supreme Court judgements involve EU law, which clearly indicates that UK Supreme Court base its decisions on EU law, from which over

6% of UK Supreme Court decisions were entirely based on EU law.

This was a complex research, which involved over 300,000 cases to be analyzed on the subject of EU law influence on the British court system. Provided statistical results raise a considerable degree of uncertainty. However, data analysis obtained by using machine learning techniques serves as a progressive tool which can objectively improve the law.

Brexit may lead to the situation where EU case law, which British courts referred to before, will be invalid. This opens an enormous gap in the litigation area. Nobody knows how long it will take to replace the legal framework and judicial system in particular. The truth is that it may be very complicated to dispose of EU law, which along the decades has deeply rooted into the UK domestic legal system.