2nd Day

Part of European Union (Withdrawal) Bill – in the House of Commons at 4:53 pm on 11th September 2017.

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Photo of Edward Davey Edward Davey Liberal Democrat, Kingston and Surbiton 4:53 pm, 11th September 2017

The hon. Lady is making a powerful point. When I was a Business Minister in the coalition Government, I negotiated with the EU Council on competitiveness to ensure that the EU undertook proper regulatory impact assessments of its regulations. That was a considered approach to make sure that stakeholders were consulted. Under the regulations proposed in the Bill no such consultation will take place, which is far worse and far more damaging than the situation under the EU.