Brexit: Ministers to ditch deadline to scrap retained EU laws - The Evesham Observer

Brexit: Ministers to ditch deadline to scrap retained EU laws

Evesham Editorial 11th May, 2023   0

A PLAN to let thousands of EU-era laws to expire automatically at the end of the year has been ditched by the Government.

Dubbed ‘a post-Brexit bonfire’, the proposals would have seen laws copied over to the UK after the country’s formal departure from the European Union vanish unless specifically kept or replaced.

Critics of the bill claimed the Conservative government’s actions would lead to important legislation falling away by accident.

However the climbdown is likely to trigger anger from Brexiteer Conservative MPs with senior members of the influential ERG within the Tory party voicing their disquiet.

Business Secretary Kemi Badenoch said the cut-off point would be replaced with a list of 600 laws the government wants to replace by the end of the year.

In a statement, she said the change would be made through an amendment when the Retained EU Law Bill returns to Parliament next week.

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