Joe Litobarski

Freelance European Political Journalist

Month: May 2017

Britain may end up with more EU red tape after Brexit

One of the promised benefits of Brexit was an end to EU red tape. Yet leaving the European Union could end up actually increasing the bureaucratic hurdles facing UK businesses.

The current strategy is to transpose all EU legislation directly into domestic UK law as part of the so-called “Great Repeal Bill”. The government’s white paper proposes that all existing EU law should essentially continue to enjoy effective supremacy over UK law, and that existing rulings by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) will continue to apply after Brexit.

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Is this what Britain’s new relationship with Europe looks like?

Both sides need to chill. That’s basically the message (I’m paraphrasing slightly) from Donald Tusk, President of the European Council.

Tusk has called for ‘discretion’ (probably aimed at Jean-Claude Juncker and his leaky staff) and ‘moderation’ (probably a broadside at the Prime Minister and her ‘astonishing attack’ on the EU).

The Prime Minister wants to win an election. Fair enough. Tough rhetoric plays well with the electorate. The EU negotiators understand this.

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