Britain is taking aim at ‘outdated and cumbersome’ EU bureaucracy, with today’s Brexit Freedoms Bill aiming to repeal, change or replace all rules previously imposed by Brussels. The government will submit legislation to end the special legal status of all retained EU laws by the end of next year. He hopes the move will give the UK the opportunity to craft new laws to meet the country’s needs.
Business Secretary Jacob Rees Mogg said: “Now that the UK has regained its independence, we have a fantastic opportunity to get rid of outdated and burdensome EU laws and come up with our own regulations tailored to the needs of our country. .
“The Brexit Freedoms Bill will remove unnecessary bureaucracy that prevents businesses from investing and innovating in the UK, strengthening our position as a world-class place to start and grow a business.”
A large number of EU laws were kept after the Brexit deal as part of a complex compromise between 28 different EU member states, simply reproduced in UK legislative texts, often without reflect UK priorities or objectives.
The Brexit Freedoms Bill will allow the UK government to scrap years of EU regulation in favor of what is described as a “more nimble, home-grown regulatory approach”.
By removing these legal restrictions and replacing them with what works for the UK, it aims to help businesses and the wider economy grow.
As a result of the legislation, around £1bn of bureaucracy will be cut, potentially giving businesses the confidence to invest and create jobs.
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It will also be easier for departments to create rules that keep pace with technological change.
The bill will apply across the UK, enabling joint working between the UK government and devolved administrations.
Introducing the legislation in January, then-Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: ‘Achieving Brexit two years ago today was a truly historic moment and the start of an exciting new chapter for our country.
“We have made huge strides since then to capitalize on our new freedoms and restore the UK’s status as a sovereign, independent country that can determine its own future.
“The plans we have set out today will further unlock the benefits of Brexit and ensure businesses can spend more of their money on investing, innovating and creating jobs.”
Then-Attorney General, now Home Secretary Suella Braverman, added: “It means we can move away from outdated European laws that were the result of unsatisfactory compromises within the EU, including some were voted on and lobbied against by the UK – but had to pass without question.”
However, not everyone was so enthusiastic.
Caroline Lucas, Green MP for Brighton Pavilion and UK Trade and Business Commissioner, said: “On the face of it, this Bill will allow Ministers to remove and weaken environmental rights, standards and protections en masse and unchallenged, while undermining decentralization and international agreements.
“In the absence of impact assessments or justification for their arbitrary date, this represents a very serious and disturbing move by a government whose only talent is vandalism.”