In a written statement to Parliament, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Kemi Badenoch revealed that fewer than 600 laws will now be revoked under the Retained EU Law Bill (REUL) by the end of the year. Ms Badenoch explained that Whitehall departments worked tirelessly to identify EU laws, but she said, "the growing volume of REUL being identified, and the risks of legal uncertainty posed by sunsetting instruments made under EU law, it has become clear that the programme was becoming more about reducing legal risk by preserving EU laws than prioritising meaningful reform." Consequently, she said, "Today I am proposing a new approach: one that will ensure ministers and officials can focus more on reforming REUL, and doing that faster."
UPDATE: 110523 - The Guardian reveals Ms Badenoch has come under heavy criticism from enraged Conservative backbenchers, opposing MPs and the speaker of the House of Commons.
Reports began circulating in April that the government intended to perform a U-turn on the Bill.
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