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BIS aims to end ‘gold plating’ in EU law

The department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has set out a series of new principles for the Government to use when introducing European measures into UK law. The principles, set out by Secretary of State for Business Vince Cable, pictured, aim to end so called 'gold plating' and could have a serious effect on electronics regulations in the future.

According to Cable, key to the new measures will be the standard of copying out the text of European directives directly into UK law. The direct 'copy out' principle will mean that British interpretations of European law are not unfairly restricting British companies.

"I want British business to be a powerhouse for economic growth and among the most competitive in the world," said Cable. "This move will bring an end to the charge of 'gold plating'. The way we implement our EU obligations must foster, not hinder, UK growth by helping British businesses compete with their European neighbours.

The new measures are part of a wider Government policy to tackle EU regulations at the source. The Government will be talking with business organisations about the European Commission's plan for future legislation, working closely with other European countries to make sure that regulations work well on the ground and improving how evidence is used by the European Parliament and Council.

Laura Hopperton

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