UK set to launch post-Brexit review of EU laws

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
UK Brexit Minister David Frost (L) and Michel Barnier, former European Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms, in Brussels on March 2, 2020. (Photo by Reuters)

The UK government is set to carry out a far-reaching review of the EU-era legislation which it plans to abandon in the post-Brexit period.

Making the announcement of the review on Thursday, the government said it was the right time for the parliament and courts to reassert control over all legislation, four decades after the “retained EU law” remained dominant.

Addressing the House of Lords, Brexit Minister David Frost said that the special status of the remaining EU laws will be abolished as part of the review.

“But we are going to make this a comprehensive exercise and I want to be clear: our intention is eventually to amend, to replace, or to repeal all that retained EU law that is not right for the UK,” he said.

The development came in the wake of a sweeping cabinet reshuffle by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, in a bid to recover from crises such as regional economic inequality, supply chain struggles, lack of workforce, and stock shortages as a result of Brexit.

The new plan risks raising new conflicts with Brussels, as the government has expressed its intention to replace the EU’s data protection system with new British legislation.

If the UK’s new data system strays too far from the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the country risks being locked out of the EU online market.

The revised version will also include artificial intelligence (AI), including EU rules that require a manual review of the use of algorithms if costumers request one.

As the UK reviews the EU-inherited Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) rules, agriculture will become another area of ​​reform, which may pave the way for more trade agreements with the US and other countries.

The Brexit deal which came into force in January has brought the UK government into several challenges which have drowned the country in a political and economic turmoil. The government’s lack of planning for Brexit meant the necessary infrastructure for tackling the post-Brexit challenges has not been built yet.


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