Retained EU Law Bill debated in Commons – Repeal of laws is “alarming”, warns RoSPA
RoSPA says repealing or replacing over 4,000 pieces of law as part of the Retained EU Law Bill is “alarming” and is calling for a delay to its proposed implementation as Bill is debated in Commons.
Palace of Westminster, London
Under the Bill, the Government is committed to repealing or replacing over 4,000 pieces of law taken from the UK’s previous membership of the EU bloc by December 2023, including compulsory, workplace safety legislation and the working time directive.
A growing list of organisations, including RoSPA, have expressed concern over rushing through the Bill, saying there is not enough time to thoroughly assess, adapt or improve each law.
Errol Taylor, Chief Executive at RoSPA, says that if managed correctly, this Bill could offer an opportunity to arrive at a successful destination, but that cannot happen if the Government sticks by its current 2023 deadline, which represents a cliff edge over which will fall essential life-saving legislation and that “the headlong rush to abolish regulations is alarming”.
Taylor continued: “While we agree that the revision and sanitation of standards could be a positive step, we need to ensure we do this sensibly and in consultation. The Bill offers a huge opportunity for health and safety professionals to lead the way in protecting and enhancing people’s lives, and we want to be at the forefront of that.”
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