July Teacamp – Brexit and the National Archives with @Johnlsheridan

Oh boy is it scorchio out there, and in keeping with this heat we’ve got a scorching hot talk for you this week with John Sheridan, the National Archives and Brexit.

Brexit and the National Archives

The European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 is a crucial piece of legislation that ensures we will have a functioning statute book when the UK exits the EU. A large body of what was directly applicable European legislation (for example, regulations like GDPR) will be incorporated into UK law as domestic legislation. There will also be a wide range of technical modifications to the law, through secondary legislation, to ensure legal continuity. Deep in the Act is Schedule 5, which creates a new duty on the Queen’s Printer at The National Archives to publish “relevant instruments”, such as regulations, decisions and tertiary legislation.

In this session John will give a layperson’s introduction to European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018. What is happening to the law? What are the user needs that result? How is The National Archives is responding to this digital challenge?

John will cover the user research that has been done for legislation.gov.uk ahead of EU Exit. He will explain how The National Archives is using its web archiving capability to create a UK copy of EUR-Lex, the European legislation website, for exit day. He will also talk through work being done to published the newly incorporated law on to legislation.gov.uk, to aid legal certainty.


About John

John Sheridan is the Digital Director at The National Archives, with overall responsibility for the organisation’s digital services and digital archiving capability. His role is to provide strategic direction, developing the people and capability needed for The National Archives to become a disruptive digital archive.

John’s academic background is in mathematics and information technology, with a degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Southampton and a Master’s Degree in Information Technology from the University of Liverpool.

Prior to his current role, John was the Head of Legislation Services at The National Archives where he led the team responsible for creating legislation.gov.uk, as well overseeing the operation of the official Gazette. John recently led, as Principal Investigator, an Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project, ‘big data for law’, exploring the application of data analytics to the statute book, winning the Halsbury Legal Award for Innovation.

John has a strong interest in the web and data standards and is a former co-chair of the W3C e-Government Interest Group. He serves on the UK Government’s Data Leaders group and Open Standards Board which sets data standards for use across government. John was an early pioneer of open data and remains active in that community.


When is Teacamp?

Time and date: 4pm – 6pm, 1st Thursday of every month

Location: Mezzanine, Curzon Victoria, 58 Victoria street, London, SW1E 6QW

How does teacamp work?

If you want to come to teacamp, just turn up on the day, it is open to everyone. It is upstairs in the cafe, very informal and friendly. If you are coming for the first time or on your own, ask for James or Sarah and we will introduce you to some teacampers.

  • 4.00 – 4.30pm:  tea and cake
  • 4.30 – 4.40pm:  intros and plug your events, projects, etc
  • 4.40 – 5.10pm:  speakers slot
  • 5.10 – 6.00pm:  Q&A, group discussion
  • 6.00pm: #beercamp in nearest pub

Contact info

@baskers Sarah Baskerville
@jaCattell James Arthur Cattell



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