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Statement by the D-UK Bureau Members on the EU Retained Law Bill, 26 January 2023

The EU Retained Law Bill: MEPs worried over potential impact on bilateral trade and investment

At its meeting of 26 January, the Members of the European Parliament's Delegation to the EU-UK Parliamentary Partnership Assembly (D-UK) discussed the impact the EU Retained Law Bill could have on EU-UK relations, in particular as regards trade and investment.

After the meeting, the D-UK Chair and Vice-Chairs, Nathalie Loiseau (Renew, FR), Sean Kelly (EPP, IE) and Tsvetelina Penkova (S&D, BG) issued the following statement:

'This proposal, if adopted, would result in further regulatory divergence between the EU and the United Kingdom, which will generate higher costs for bilateral trade and investment and will hamper citizens, labour and business rights by reducing the existing levels of protection already established by EU law and implemented as part of the UK domestic law. Moreover, following articles 387 and 391 of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement, both sides have committed to refraining from weakening their levels of social, labour and environmental protection. At a time when we are seeing a more constructive and collaborative spirit between the EU and the UK, the passage of this Bill in its current form could risk progress being made in other areas of the relationship'.

Nathalie Loiseau MEP, Chair of the D-UK said: "If adopted, the Retained EU Law Bill would result in higher costs for trade and investment between the EU and the UK. This self-inflicted harm to citizens and businesses can be avoided, especially in times of economic crisis when we should aim to foster strong economic growth for the benefit of our fellow citizens".

Background

In order avoid a regulatory gap at the end of the transition period, EU regulations and EU decisions were retained as part of the United Kingdom's law.

On 22 September 2022, the United Kingdom government tabled the Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) bill. This bill includes a sunset to the retained EU law by the end of 2023, unless an act is assimilated into domestic law, modified or revoked by the government by delegation.

The assimilation, modification or revocation procedure provided for in the bill gives ministers very broad regulatory powers while reducing parliamentary scrutiny significantly. It does not include impact assessments or a structured process for the civil society to engage.

This could affect up to 4 000 pieces of legislation across all policy areas.

The bill is being currently debated in the House of Lords

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