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Politics news latest: PM to unveil plans for 'Brexit Freedoms Bill' for ditching of EU laws - as wait for Sue Gray report continues

Politics news latest: PM to unveil plans for 'Brexit Freedoms Bill' for ditching of EU laws - as wait for Sue Gray report continues

The latest politics news as Boris Johnson to pledge to "further unleash the benefits of Brexit" with a promise to cut £1bn worth of red tape for British businesses; the wait for Gray report continues into another week - with Downing Street yet to receive a copy.
Boris Johnson will continue his fightback from the partygate scandal by unveiling plans for a "Brexit Freedoms Bill" to allow retained EU laws to be more easily removed.

On the second anniversary of the UK's official departure from the EU, the prime minister is pledging to "further unleash the benefits of Brexit" with a promise to cut £1bn worth of red tape for British businesses.

The plans will be viewed at Westminster as part of a so-called "Operation Red Meat" by Mr Johnson to shore up support from Conservative MPs with a flurry of attractive-looking policies for traditional Tory voters.

The Brexit Freedoms Bill, which Number 10 is promising to bring forward "in due course", is aimed at making it easier to amend or remove laws retained from the UK's 47-year membership of the EU.

Downing Street said, under current rules, reforming and repealing such laws would take several years due to the need for primary legislation for many changes, even if minor and technical.

The new bill is aimed at ensuring that changes can be made more easily and quickly, while Number 10 said the bill was also expected to end the "special status" of EU law - made before 1 January 2020 - in the UK's legal framework.
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