Following Brexit on the 31st January 2021, the UK became free to set it’s own laws and remove EU related legislation from the UK statutes books. This is estimated to be over 3700 pieces of legislation and affects 300 policy areas.
As a result, during the 2022-23 session of the UK parliament Jacob Rees-Mogg introduced a new bill to the UK parliament known as Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill. The bill proposed to automatically scrap up to 4000 EU laws by the 31st December 2023.
In the light of strong oppostition, the UK government has proposed a watering down of the legislation, meaning the number of laws to be removed by 31st December 2023 has been reduced to just 800.
Many of the laws still to be removed are related to environmental protections, animal testing, compensation rights for delayed flights, equal pay rights and pension rights.
It is the job of individual government departments to identify any laws that should not face the axe on the 31st December. Due to staff shortages it is believed that there simply isn’t enough time to review all the laws that may be affected. The Bill itself does allow for decisions to be put off until December 2026, however, and laws that are not earmarked for further consideration will simply fall out of UK law.
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