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I am reading the book "Legal Skills" by Emily Finch and Stefan Fafinski. I reached the section on EU legislation. Although this book is a new edition, it was written when the UK was still a member of the European Union.

Should I skip sections pertaining to EU legislation? If so, which ones? I recently began self-teaching law. Therefore, there is no syllabus or professor I ought to follow.

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  • Ask your professor. – Trish Mar 6 at 12:52
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    This question is unanswerable. We don't know which book you are reading, and we don't know the syllabus of the class you are taking. It is not even clear that "legal skills" is the title of the book or just the topic. – Iñaki Viggers Mar 6 at 15:06
  • @IñakiViggers the book is by Emily finch and stefan fafinski. ISBN:978-0-19-883127-3. Though I am studing law, I am not a student, therefore there is no syllabus or professor. I am highly involved in law, though I have the entry requirements for studing law, it is not practical to study it. But this should not be a problem. I know from experience from studying in other universities (Newcastle and cambridge) in the biomedical feild, which accourding to this book is very similar in structure to law degree, that mostly how well you do in your studies is linked to the student input. I got 1st – Asan Ramzan Mar 7 at 8:16
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Most EU regulations have been turned into UK law. I read there is an estimated 10,000 EU regulations which are automatically law in every country, and about 90% were adopted as Uk law unchanged, with another 10 percent requiring small changes to the law text to make sense for the UK.

So a book about UK regulations would be better, but in principle these regulations still affect everyday life in the uk.

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  • This answer is basically correct, but its relevance is more limited than one might assume. Any EU regulations that were automatically applicable in the UK and were therefore not written into domestic law will have ceased to apply on January 1st, 2021. Many of the domestic laws that gave force to EU directives will have been repealed as of that date (for example, the Immigration (EEA) Regulations 2016). – phoog Mar 8 at 14:31
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Should I skip sections pertaining to EU legislation? If so, which ones?

Like I said in the comment that somebody inexplicably removed, you should read the portions regarding EU legislation, in part because many enactments of UK law originated from EU Directives and Regulations which the UK as [former] member of the European Union had to implement. This edition reflects that reading those portions does not make much difference in terms of pages anyway.

Years of EU legal precedents might have permeated UK case law and/or the UK judiciary's statutory interpretation, and EU laws most likely will keep having an impact on UK law because of the subsequent treaties and agreements both parties foreseeably will sign with each other. Even if the UK Parliament thinks a full legislative dissociation from EU laws is productive, it would take several years for the ensuing repeals and replacements to reach completion.

Furthermore, the acquaintance with EU legislation you would gain from reading those sections is likely to enhance your understanding of UK law. That is because comparisons of two or more systems leads to awareness of aspects (in this case, about UK law) that might otherwise go unnoticed.

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