Dont blow it now, Boris! Johnson urged to spark bonfire of EU rules in urgent review

Brexit: Lord Frost says Brexit will 'bring politics home again'

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Ministers announced in September last year they will thoroughly review laws forced onto the UK while it was a member of the bloc. Irrelevant and unnecessarily cumbersome legislation will be ripped up under Government plans to unleash the potential of Brexit Britain on the global stage.

But five months on from the announcement being made, work on the review is yet to begin.

Sir Bill, who chairs the House of Commons European scrutiny committee, has written to the Prime Minister seeking reassurances as to when the assessment will finally get underway.

He wrote: “These reviews — into the status and substance of retained EU law — were announced by Lord Frost on September 16 2021.

“This work was welcomed by my committee and, as I am sure you agree, is an important first step in ensuring that our statute book is fit for purpose.

“It is right and appropriate that EU law we were required to give effect to—during our membership—is now reviewed and its place in our legal system carefully considered.”

With Lord Frost no longer a member of the Government he also urged Mr Johnson to let fellow Leaver and current Attorney General Suella Braverman to play a leading role.

“I believe that the Attorney General should play a key part in the Government’s reviews.

“The Ministerial Code is clear on the role of the Law Officers: as having final say on the principles, framework and methods of interpretation of constitutional law,” he said.

“The future of retained EU law is such an issue and the Government’s reviews demand oversight by the Attorney General and her team.”

Ms Braverman was one of the 28 so-called Brexit spartans who refused to yield under pressure and back Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement.

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Their resistance helped bring about Mr Johnson’s entrance to No10 and his then victory in EU negotiations.

When the UK left the trade bloc legislation brought in by the EU over the years was automatically moved into UK law to help avoid a regulatory black hole.

However, it means creating swathes of rules now sitting on the statute book without being property debated and approved by Parliament.

In his new year message earlier this month, the Prime Minister vowed to “maximise the benefits of Brexit” in 2022 through the review of EU laws.

He promised to go “further and faster” in maximising the opportunities created from being unshackled from the bloc.

Mr Johnson said: “Having left the EU, the UK is now able to establish a regulatory regime which is free of prescriptive EU rules and best suits our own interests.

“As part of this effort, officials are currently reviewing thousands of individual EU regulations automatically kept on the statute book after Brexit – known as Retained EU Law – to ensure they benefit people and businesses in the UK.

“Laws which do not meet this test will be reformed or repealed.”

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