LONDON, Sept. 16 (Reuters) – Britain will start replacing or removing European Union regulations that were copied into British law ahead of the country’s exit from the bloc, the Brexit minister said on Thursday, David Frost.
To avoid uncertainty and confusion as Britain broke away from the EU after 40 years, the government has automatically incorporated thousands of EU laws and regulations into UK law so that they are ‘still apply after Brexit.
“We now have the ability to do things differently,” Frost said in a statement.
Previously, he had said in the upper house of Parliament, the House of Lords: “I want to be clear, our intention is ultimately to amend, replace or repeal whatever has been retained in the law of the EU and that’s not good for the UK. “
Frost cited data rights, rules on genetically modified organisms, clinical trials and port services as examples of areas where the government planned to move away from EU regulations.
The government also said it plans to replace paper certificates of attendance with digital certificates and introduce digital driving licenses.
“The government will go further and faster to create a competitive, high-quality regulatory environment that will support innovation and growth across the UK,” Frost said. (Reporting by Kylie MacLellan and Elizabeth Piper; editing by William James)