LONDON — Boris Johnson is promising a new law making it easier to scrap “obsolete” EU rules, which the UK government says will cut red tape for UK businesses.
Britain’s prime minister on Monday outlined plans for the Brexit Freedoms Bill ahead of the second anniversary of Brexit.
The bill will end the “special status of EU law and ensure it can be more easily changed or removed”, Downing Street said in a press release.
Johnson’s then-Brexit minister David Frost launched two reviews of all EU laws kept in the UK law book late last year, promising to assess whether they are beneficial to Britain. Brittany.
The prime minister has come under pressure from some of his own Tory backbenchers to ensure the exercise continues after Frost’s dramatic resignation from government. Monday’s announcement marks the legislation’s No. 10 first pledge to hold the exams.
Changes to EU rules, many of which were retained after Brexit, currently require lengthy primary legislation. The new bill would, Downing Street promised, make changes faster. Downing Street said the government would release a catalog of EU secondary legislation “in due course”.
Johnson said the plans “would further unlock the benefits of Brexit and ensure businesses can spend more of their money on investing, innovating and creating jobs”.
Attorney General Suella Braverman – a Brexiteer touted by some Tory MPs as a possible new resource person for the exercise – said getting the mechanism in place was key.
“These rules often had limited meaningful parliamentary scrutiny and no democratic legitimacy in the UK. It is essential that we take the necessary steps in this Parliament to remove unnecessary rules completely and, where regulation is needed, ensure that it meets the UK’s objectives,” he said. she said in a statement accompanying the announcement.
But shadow attorney general Emily Thornberry of the opposition Labor Party has said Britain is missing an opportunity to use post-Brexit legislative freedoms to scrap VAT on people’s rising energy bills .
Cristina Gallardo contributed reporting.
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