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Government plans to ‘cut £1bn of red tape’ with new post-Brexit legislation | Boris Johnson


Boris Johnson has announced plans for legislation to make it easier to scrap EU regulations and protections, amid criticism from Tory MPs that the government has not benefited enough from Brexit.

The plans claim to cut £1billion in administrative costs for businesses, but Johnson gave no specific details on which regulations would need to be repealed or improved, instead setting out five principles that would be applied, including the value of sovereignty and the creation of new markets.

Critics said Johnson needed to clarify whether he intended to target job protection and pointed out that businesses and government had already faced billions of pounds in costs due to extra bureaucracy due to Brexit itself.

Sarah Olney, Liberal Democrat spokesperson for business, said: “If this is the best Boris Johnson can do to save his job, then he is in big trouble. Try telling the thousands of lorry drivers stuck in queues in Dover that bureaucracy is reduced.

A Labor source said: ‘The key question for the Government is which of the proposed changes to the rules are dependent on this Bill passing, and if the answer is none, what other changes do they foresee? Until they can explain all of this, we have to wonder what the point of this bill is.

Johnson, who is fighting to prevent a vote of no confidence following multiple revelations of lockdown parties in Downing Street, has been criticized in private meetings with MPs that the government has failed to demonstrate how it is profiting from post-freedoms. Brexit perceived.

The new law – called the “Brexit Freedoms” Bill – aims to make it easier to amend or remove some of the transitional laws retained in the post-Brexit lawbook. Number 10 said that as it stands, much of this regulation would require primary legislation to remove it, and the new bill could shorten that process.

Downing Street has said it will publish a public catalog of all retained European laws to determine whether they are beneficial to the UK.

In a statement announcing the new bill, two years after Britain left the bloc, Johnson said: ‘Achieving Brexit two years ago today was a truly historic moment and the start of “An exciting new chapter for our country. 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.”

“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.”

Attorney General Suella Braverman said it was right there was a new review of the laws. “We can move away from outdated EU laws that are the result of unsatisfactory compromises within the EU, some of which were voted through and lobbied against by the UK – but had to pass them no questions asked,” she said.

“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 UK objectives.

The government will also issue a new response to critics who claim Brexit has been underplayed, with a new paper titled The Benefits of Brexit: How the UK benefits from leaving the EU.

He will argue that the reforms have led to a more agile digital and AI sector and a less burdensome data rights regime compared to the EU GDPR. He will also argue that there have been benefits to modifying clinical trials, strengthening environmental protections and establishing a national subsidy regime.

Emily Thornberry, the shadow attorney general, said the government was missing out on a key aspect of leaving the EU – that it could reduce VAT on energy bills, as demanded the workers.

“The British public overwhelmingly supports the change proposed by Labour, and it’s time the government started to listen,” she said.