'Bonfire of Rights' Bill delayed as Tory peers threaten revolt

It has been reported that the Government has delayed the Retained EU Law (REUL) Bill in the face of mounting opposition from Conservative peers.

The 'Bonfire of Rights' Bill, which was originally introduced by Jacob Rees Mogg and which was due to be put to the vote in the House of Lords this month, is no longer listed in the Government Whips order of business.

If passed, it would scrap thousands of laws and regulations which Parliament passed while the UK was an EU member with little or no scrutiny.

Opponents of the plan have argued that the resulting drastic divergence in regulations would not only unleash great economic damage in Britain but would have a devastating impact on food standards, environmental protections and workers rights in the UK.

Naomi Smith, Chief Executive of Best for Britain said,

“While this delay offers a temporary reprieve, this Bill will unleash chaos in Britain’s economy while undermining important environmental standards and workers rights. It must be dropped.

“Following Parliament’s overwhelming ratification of the Windsor Framework, the Government should adopt a less dogmatic approach to Brexit and the positive legacy of EU membership in the UK.”