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Brexit triumph as Lord Frost delivers ‘best news of the year’ – but there is a catch

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David Frost explains importance of ‘having control’ on rules

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However, the peer also suggested there were significant problems, especially in relation to Northern Ireland, which he warned was “still subject to a deluge of new EU laws”. Despite severing ties with the bloc, large numbers of EU laws remain on the statute book.

However, speaking in the House of Lords on Thursday, Lord Frost announced:

* Retained EU laws will be improved or repealed if they do not benefit UK citizens and businesses

* Individual regulatory reforms which will improve digitisation and unleash innovation

Lord Moylan, previously Daniel Moylan, who was chief airport adviser to Mr Johnson when he was London Mayor, told “This is the best political news of the year so far.

“At last the Government will fulfil the Brexit promise of British laws fit for Britain’s needs.”

In a likely reference to factions within the establishment who are still reluctant to accept Brexit, Lord Moylan added: “The only danger now is that vested interests and those who wish us to continue under EU’s laws delay and obstruct the process.

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“Speed is of the essence and I shall be arguing for a sunset clause such that any EU-retained law still on the books in three years’ time automatically lapses.”

Furthermore, he also lamented the fact that Lord Frost’s announcement would not apply to the whole of the UK.

Referring to the Northern Ireland Protocol which effectively keeps the region aligned with EU rules as a part of its bloc-wide single market, he said: “My only sadness is that part of the UK will not benefit from this.

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“Northern Ireland is still subject to a deluge of new EU laws undemocratically imposed with no say for the people there.

“This breach of their democratic rights cannot be allowed to continue for long.”

Unveiling the changes, Lord Frost said: “From rules on data storage to the ability of businesses to develop new green technologies, overbearing regulations were often conceived and agreed in Brussels with little consideration of the UK national interest.

“We now have the opportunity to do things differently and ensure that Brexit freedoms are used to help businesses and citizens get on and succeed.”

Today’s announcement was “just the beginning”, he went on to suggest, adding: “The Government will go further and faster to create a competitive, high-standards regulatory environment which supports innovation and growth across the UK as we build back better from the pandemic.”

Speaking in the Lords, the Minister of State at the Cabinet Office said: “A lot of things haven’t happened that the gloom-mongers said would happen and I don’t think are going to happen.

“This economy and this country is prospering vastly already under the arrangements that we are putting in place.

“High standards need to reflect the context we are operating in.

“I am sure there will be change, but don’t believe those changes will result in regression of standards.”

The purpose of the reforms is to “improve the productivity of the UK by putting in place regulations that are tailored to our conditions”, Lord Frost said.

Measures include permitting the voluntary printing of the crown stamp on pint glasses and reviewing the EU ban on markings and sales in pounds and ounces – with legislation “in due course”.

Other reforms include introducing digital driving licences, test certificates and MOT processes.

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