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The Independent

Liz Truss waters down marketing campaign pledge to scrap all remaining EU legal guidelines by finish of 2023

Liz Truss has watered down her crowd-pleasing marketing campaign pledge to scrap all remaining EU laws by the end of 2023 – permitting some to stay in place till 2026.

As anticipated, a brand new Invoice will goal to axe as much as 1,500 objects of so-called “retained legislation” – on employees’ rights, the atmosphere, information privateness, highway requirements and rather more – in simply 15 months’ time.

However the brand new authorities has given itself a get-out, after warnings that the accelerated timetable was a recipe for “chaos” and additional damaging disruption for enterprise.

Environmental campaigners had warned officers would have little greater than at some point to look at each bit of laws on water high quality and pesticides, for instance, to determine which ought to be saved in UK legislation.

Now a press release from Jacob Rees-Mogg, the brand new enterprise secretary, says: “The Invoice consists of an extension mechanism for the sundown of specified items of retained EU legislation till 2026.

“Ought to it’s required, this can enable departments further time the place essential to implement extra advanced reforms to particular items of retained EU legislation.”

In distinction, in July, as she campaigned for the Tory management, Ms Truss sought to outflank her rival Rishi Sunak by pledging “to scrap all EU regulation by the top of 2023”

Her camp promised “to set a ‘sundown’ deadline for each piece of EU-derived regulation, ensuring all EU legislation is off the statute books by the top of 2023”.

The climbdown follows the U-turn that noticed the brand new prime minister unveil a £100bn-plus cap on family power payments – after opposing “handouts” while running for No 10.

Nonetheless, large considerations stay over the bonfire of EU legal guidelines – even on a slower timetable – as a result of it is going to be carried out through regulations, behind MPs’ backs.

A former authorities lawyer warned ‘human review’ of decisions made by computer algorithms will be quietly axed, risking a repeat of the 2020 “A-levels fiasco”.

Tearing up protections might additionally come at a value, if divergence triggers disputes underneath the Brexit commerce deal – doubtlessly permitting Brussels to curb entry to EU markets for British companies.

Accountability for the Retained EU Legislation (Revocation and Reform) Invoice stays with Mr Rees-Mogg – who as soon as recommended reducing EU security requirements to ranges in India – after his swap from the Cupboard Workplace to the enterprise division.

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