‘Gold plating of EU laws to stop’


A HERTFORDSHIRE MP is leading the government’s campaign to end the so-called gold-plating of Euro laws when they are introduced in the UK.

Mark Prisk, the Hertford and Stortford MP who is also the minister for business and enterprise, intends to get stuck in early when new laws are proposed by European bureaucrats.

Mr Prisk said: “British businesses, civil society organisations and citizens are all affected by EU legislation. This government is serious about getting to grips with the quantity and quality of rules coming out of Europe.

“Only by engaging early with developing policy and, where necessary, trying to stop it before it is set in stone can we make sure that we can get the best outcome for our businesses.”

The policy of proactive and early engagement was announced on June 30. It is based on three operating principles that set out how the UK can exert early influence over legislation coming from the European Union.

The plan is to get involved in discussions before the European Commission formally brings forward proposals for legislation. The government feels this is when the scope for influencing final outcomes is greatest

Mr Prisk wants to put evidence at the heart of the government’s approach to negotiating. And he also wants to hold the European Commission, Council and Parliament to account on the commitments they have already made on regulating only when absolutely necessary and assessing the costs and benefits of new legislation before proposing or agreeing to it.

Under the operating principles, government ministers will report to Foreign Secretary William Hague on their policies to influence the commission’s policy agenda and ensure that important future EU measures are justified, that the policy objectives cannot be achieved through non-regulatory means and proposals are drafted to maximise benefits and minimise risks to the UK.

The government will then aim to agree priorities for joined-up lobbying.