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Getting Brexit Done – A Bonfire of Controls

Though the UK has left the EU and its legal system, swathes of the Britain’s businesses are burdened by the legacy of EU law – adopted into our statute books under the 2018 EU Withdrawal Act.

Early this year the Prime Minister promised a new ‘Brexit Freedoms’ Bill’ to end the special status of EU law so it can be more easily removed or amended. He indicated that all areas would be for review, from the EU’s data protection rules to those governing clinical trials and medical devices.

Many behind the scenes and in official life are reluctant to embrace real change. If progress is to be made, the goals must be clear, the measures identified and the battles fought.

On Thursday, 31st March, 1-2 pm Politeia will hold a special event (Zoom) to discuss how the government should proceed in some of the most important areas for the UK economy.  Speakers will include:

  • The Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP, Co-Convener, Taskforce on Innovation, Growth and Regulatory Reform
  • Barnabas Reynolds, Global Head of the Financial Services Industry Group at Shearman & Sterling, author of Clear, Predictable and Effective Regulation – The UK’s Financial Services post-Brexit (forthcoming)
  • David Collins, Professor of Economic Law, City University
Dr Sheila Lawlor, Politeia’s Research Director, will chair the meeting.
Amongst the questions to be considered:
  • What should the government’s aim be?
  • What principles should guide the removal of EU laws?
  • How should the layer of EU regulation and its thinking be tackled?
  • Who should decide which laws go? Where should ultimate responsibility lie – Parliament, the civil service or industry regulators?