Britain will scrap just 20 per cent of its retained EU laws, according to Business Secretary Kemi Badenoch
- Only around 800 laws – of 4,000 drawn up to be scrapped – will be replaced
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Thousands of redundant EU-era laws will no longer be ditched, it was reported last night.
Former Cabinet minister Jacob Rees-Mogg had drawn up a list of 4,000 laws to be dropped by the end of the year under the Retained EU Law Bill.
But it has emerged that only one in five – about 800 laws – will actually be scrapped.
Business Secretary Kemi Badenoch is thought to have told Tory Brexiteers that the vast majority of the retained EU laws will remain on the statute books.
The Government is planning on ditching the ‘sunset clause’, originally set for December 31 this year, under which EU laws would automatically expire if they had not been revised or retained, according to the Financial Times.
Business Secretary Kemi Badenoch (second from right) is thought to have told Tory Brexiteers that the vast majority of the retained EU laws will remain on the statute books
Former Cabinet minister Jacob Rees-Mogg had drawn up a list of 4,000 laws to be dropped by the end of the year (pictured on February 27)
An MP at the meeting with Mrs Badenoch told the paper: ‘We were dismayed by what she said. She came across as extremely weak.’
Another MP told The Daily Telegraph that the concession was necessary to ensure the Bill became law before the next election, amid fears that in its present form it would be blocked by peers.
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The MP said Mrs Badenoch’s proposal had gone down like a ‘lead balloon’ and would end the Government’s pledge of a post-Brexit bonfire of red tape in which all 4,000 laws would be either scrapped, reformed or kept by the end of the year.
‘She was basically saying that the civil service had not done the work and that we needed to be realistic about what we could achieve,’ a source said. ‘She admitted that it was a concession to the Lords to get the bill through. It went down like a lead balloon.’
The MPs were reportedly unsure whether Prime Minister Rishi Sunak had been briefed on Mrs Badenoch’s plans, with one MP saying that ‘Rishi will be livid’.
A No 10 spokesman would not comment on the specific figures, but said: ‘As we’ve said before, we’re fully committed to the Retained EU Law Bill, which is a key part of delivering our commitment to removing and reforming burdensome EU law.
‘The time frame for that has not changed and we believe it will allow us to further seize the opportunities of Brexit.’
It comes as the relationship between civil servants and ministers reached new depths following the investigation into the behaviour of former deputy prime minister Dominic Raab towards junior colleagues, and the subsequent fallout.
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