The rules on genetically modified agriculture, medical devices and vehicle standards will be the top of a bonfire of laws inherited from the EU, as the government seeks to change legislation automatically transferred to the UK after Brexit.
Thousands of laws and regulations will be reviewed, amended or repealed as part of a new program aimed at consolidating UK independence and “Brexit opportunities,” David Frost announced.
The measures include allowing the voluntary printing of the crown seal on pint glasses and revising the EU ban on marks and sales in pounds and ounces, with legislation “in due course.”
The Brexit minister told colleagues that the government had a “gigantic task” ahead of it to improve or eliminate the laws inherited over 50 years from the “legislative sausage machine” in Brussels.
In the run-up to Brexit, the UK put in place 960 legal instruments to move EU laws into UK law books. The government is now looking to “develop a tailored mechanism to speed up the repeal or amendment” of those, which may concern some MPs who fear the results of hasty legislation.
Public procurement rules, which have required national and local council contracts to be put up for public tender, would also be changed, along with rules on data and artificial intelligence, Lord Frost told the House of Lords.
The Brexit minister also announced that the public could contribute to the bonfire of the laws. A standards commission would be established and, “under visible and energetic leadership”, could gather “ideas from any British citizen on how to repeal or improve regulation.”
Frost said now is the time to deliver on the Brexit promise to “unlock Britain’s potential” and “enhance growth and prosperity for all.”
The measures date back to long-standing promises by successive Conservative and Brexit leaders to loosen grip on EU law, including David Cameron, who vowed to ignite “a bonfire of red tape,” and Nigel Lawson, who called for a “massive regulatory sacrifice.” .
Frost promised a “review of the legacy approach to genetically modified organisms”, which include soil insects and bacteria used in agriculture, along with reform of “outdated EU legislation” on medical devices and clinical trials. This, he suggested, would aid British research and development and help speed up patients’ access to life-saving drugs.
The Department of Transport will also present a new strategy to adapt EU standards for vehicles, including cars and trucks, to take advantage of “new transport technologies” and to ditch or repeal EU port services regulations, which according to the Industry has held back small ports because of burdensome regulations on cargo, mooring and ship-generated waste.
Frost promised to “empower” the artificial intelligence industry with the imminent publication of a national strategy to lead the world in the “AI ecosystem.” Their announcement was a formal response to initial recommendations from the task force on innovation, growth and regulatory reform, led by Iain Duncan Smith, one of the cheerleaders for lighter regulation.
“Now we have the opportunity to do things differently and ensure that the freedoms of Brexit are used to help businesses and citizens progress and succeed. Today’s announcement is just the beginning. The government will go further and faster to create a high standards and competitive regulatory environment that supports innovation and growth across the UK as we rebuild better from the pandemic, ”said Frost.
Emily Thornberry, a shadow secretary for international trade, questioned why the government was talking about Brexit opportunities as the country faced a continuing shortage of staff and supplies and as exporters faced increasing losses in trade with the EU and companies in the UK. North were “stuck in limbo.” .
“In all of that comes the new general payer to talk about all the wonderful opportunities that await us due to the wonderful Brexit deal that is working so well today,” he said.