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UK preparing to lift tariffs on palm oil from Malaysia as price for joining CPTPP trade agreement. / Britain is preparing to sign off on a post-Brexit trade deal that campaigners say will encourage further destruction of nature, threaten the habitat of orangutans in Malaysia and make a mockery of the government’s claims of being committed to tackling deforestation abroad.
The UK's Environment Information Regulations have enabled researchers and campaigners to force water firms to publish data on river pollution, but they may be scrapped as part of the Brexit process.
EU standards and consumer protection regulations have a habit of being enforced globally. Why is that? And is it such a bad thing?
Some international businesses adhere to EU regulation even in their operations outside Europe.
Europe delivered two groundbreaking initiatives last week to counter the global climate change crisis: a European Union climate deal, committing the EU to more than halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and reach zero net emissions by 2050; and the publication of a first-of-its-kind of regulation, the EU’s sustainable finance taxonomy...
In her address to the IIEA, Professor Anu Bradford of Columbia Law School, explores her seminal work on the “Brussels Effect” about how the European Union plays a powerful role as a global regulatory power, and how this role may evolve in the future in the context of regulatory battles for the digital economy between the EU, US and China.
The European Union is likely to introduce among the first, most stringent, and most comprehensive AI regulatory regimes of the world’s major jurisdictions. In this report, we ask whether the EU’s upcoming regulation for AI will diffuse globally, producing a so-called “Brussels Effect”.
A trade body representing UK baby food suppliers has said it will continue to manufacture to EU standards on arsenic residues.
Brexit bonfire of EU laws could let water companies conceal sewage discharges, campaigners warn 14/03/2023
The Environmental Information Regulation allows the public to demand data from private water companies, but it is at risk of being scrapped by the Government.
New EU rules on food safety have highlighted how the Windsor Framework will change the operation of the Northern Ireland Protocol.
The retained EU law bill is an outrageously undemocratic attempt to transfer law-making powers from parliament to Whitehall.
The Retained EU Law Bill would rock legal certainty in the UK and undermine the country’s status as an internationally competitive business environment, the Law Society said today as the bill enters its final stage in the House of Commons.
‘Playing with fire:’ Scrapping rules to keep rivers clean after Brexit stirs up Tory rebellion 01/03/2023
Ministers have refused to rule out scrapping EU regulations that protect swimmers and wildlife.
Brexit deal: Sunak says Northern Ireland in ‘unbelievably special position’ with access to both UK AND EU markets 28/02/2023
Rishi Sunak insisted that his new Brexit deal for Northern Ireland addressed the concerns of unionists despite the “small and limited” role for European Union law and its court – while giving Belfast an “unbelievably special position”.
The process of ‘sunsetting’ laws envisioned under the Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill – introduced into the UK Parliament in autumn 2022 – has led to fears of significant legal uncertainty.
UK still experiencing problems after three years of Brexit.
Rishi Sunak plans to rip up remaining EU laws by the end of the year left on the statute book after Brexit - but experts worry that any relaxation in seatbelt rules will discourage people from wearing them.
A recent secret cross-party summit sought to discuss the failures, benefits and remaining opportunities of Brexit. I’d argue it’s high time we left Brexit behind. Not in the sense of rejecting a future relationship with the EU – we need that. But in the sense of those, especially in government, clambering to tell a positive economic story of our departure from the EU.
Is Brexit bad for the environment? 08/02/2023
REUL: Scant time remains to assess which former EU legislation to keep, amend or revoke – and the environment is likely to pay the price. / While we were EU members, the UK adopted some legislation created by the EU. Jacob Rees-Mogg called them “diktats” and promised that after Brexit we’d “take back control of our laws”. This is disingenuous: the UK was fully involved in drawing up EU law.
In the House of Commons, MPs voted against amendments to delay the Retained EU Law Bill. This means that, as it stands, the Retained EU Law Bill will come into effect on December 31st, 2023, jeopardising the standards that keep us safe.
Thousands of pro-consumer laws we take for granted could expire at the end of 2023.
This opinion covers the impact assessment (IA) for the Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill. ... The IA is not fit for purpose (red-rated); the quality of different analytical areas in the IA are all either weak or very weak, meaning that they provide inadequate support for decision-making. The IA was also red-rated on its assessment of the impacts on small and micro businesses.
Thousands of EU laws could expire at the end of 2023.
The BBC’s Analysis editor Ros Atkins looks at the controversy surrounding the government’s plan to scrap thousands of EU-era laws.