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The Copy-out of Directive 2014/24/EU in the UK and its Limited Revision Despite the Imminence of Brexit

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)186-200
Number of pages15
JournalPublic Procurement Law Review
Issue number5
DateAccepted/In press - 1 Sep 2019
DatePublished (current) - 1 Sep 2019


This article provides a critical assessment of the implementation of Directive 2014/24/EU in the UK by the Public Contracts Regulations 2015. It explores the implications of the copy-out approach followed to avoid gold-plating the transposition of the 2014 EU Public Procurement Package, as well as the deficiencies that result from the perspective of constructing a developed regulatory system. The analysis concentrates on selected novelties of Directive 2014/24/EU, as well as areas where Member States were granted discretion to choose between a set of options or to find their own mechanisms to achieve certain aims established at EU level. The article concludes that the UK missed an opportunity to develop a full regulatory architecture for the control of public expenditure by means of procurement and stresses how, despite the imminence of Brexit, there is no indication of a significant reform of UK public procurement law any time soon.

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