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Brexit means Brexit: what does it mean for the protection of third party victims and the Road Traffic Act?

Marson, James; Ferris, Katy; Nicholson, A.


James Marson

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A. Nicholson


The UK’s referendum decision of 23 June 2016, where voters elected to leave the European Union (EU), will fundamentally change aspects of national law. Much debate has focused on the constitutional implications of the decision and the procedure by which the government seeks to facilitate the exit. Further, issues of substance including the part played by immigration and the control of the UK’s borders have also dominated legal and political commentary. Yet there has been no critical examination of the effects it will have on motor vehicle insurance law. The statute governing much of the law (the Road Traffic Act 1988), along with the extra-statutory agreements providing protection for the third party victims of negligent uninsured drivers and untraced vehicles, are each profoundly influenced by EU directives. Given the Brexit decision and the resolution of the government to facilitate the UK’s exit of the Union, we argue that the protective rights for such victims of motor accidents are likely to be reduced. Further, the advancement of the law, developed through the jurisprudence of the Court of Justice, will be lost.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 22, 2018
Online Publication Date Mar 31, 2018
Publication Date Jun 1, 2018
Deposit Date Mar 22, 2018
Publicly Available Date Apr 1, 2020
Journal Statute Law Review
Print ISSN 0144-3593
Electronic ISSN 1464-3863
Publisher Oxford University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 39
Issue 2
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Additional Information This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in Statute Law Review following peer review. The version of record James Marson, Katy Ferris, Alex Nicholson; Brexit Means Brexit: What Does It Mean for the Protection of Third-Party Victims and the Road Traffic Act?, Statute Law Review, , hmx006, is available online at:


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