On 14 June 2022, the House of Commons’ European Scrutiny Committee launched a post-Brexit regulatory divergence inquiry. The inquiry will look into the benefits and challenges to business and the UK economy of diverging from copied EU regulations when the UK left the block, and where the Government should rewrite or repeal these laws.

The inquiry will also examine the complexities of making changes to regulations in areas that had been controlled at EU-level in the context of overlapping commitments enshrined in the Withdrawal Agreement, new trade deals and the devolution settlements.

Submissions are welcome from anyone with answers to the questions in the call for evidence. The deadline for evidence is 22 July 2022. The Government is expected to publish a Brexit Freedoms Bill shortly, aiming to capitalise on the UK’s new regulatory autonomy.