Government to roll out Brexit Freedoms Bill with £1billion plan to cut EU law legacy


The UK government plans to roll out new legislation that will make it easier to remove EU rules from the country’s business law.

The move, for which £1billion has been allocated, will give lawmakers more freedom to change or remove outdated ‘retained EU law’ – the legacy of EU law retained in the post-Brexit law book as as a transitional measure.

The new “Brexit Freedoms Bill” will mean the removal of rules inherited from the past, seen as unnecessary bureaucracy for businesses.

It will be accompanied by a major intergovernmental campaign to reform, repeal and replace outdated EU legislation, the government said in a statement on January 31.

In what the government calls a ‘messy compromise between 28 different states’, many EU laws have been kept on UK law books. The government said they often did not reflect “the UK’s own priorities or objectives – and many were not sufficiently scrutinized by our democratic institutions”.

Under the latest measure, even minor or technical changes can be made to the pace when the current rules would mean that “the reform and repeal of this pipeline of outdated European legislation would take several years due to the need for primary legislation for many changes,” the government said.

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Government officials are currently reviewing all laws withheld by the EU to determine whether they are beneficial to the UK.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the plans will further unlock the benefits of Brexit and ensure businesses can spend more of their money on investing, innovating and creating jobs.

“Our new Brexit Freedoms Bill will end the special status of EU law within our legal framework and ensure that we can more easily change or remove outdated EU law in the future,” he said in a statement. a statement on January 31.

Attorney General Suella Braverman said the move means the UK can move away from outdated EU laws “which were the result of unsatisfactory compromises within the EU, some of which were passed and against which the UK lobbied – but had to adopt without question”.

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“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 altogether and, where regulation is needed, ensure that it meets UK objectives.

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