When the EU Exit transition period ends in December 2020, powers previously passed to the EU will return to the UK.
Powers in up to 157 areas will go directly to the national administrations of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, creating the potential for divergence in law and administration, which would be awkward for businesses.
The UK government has therefore laid out plans to ensure that powers are operated in parallel, to support the functioning of the internal market. The plans – open for consultation for four weeks - are based upon two key principles:
- Mutual recognition – regulations in one home nation will be recognised across all others
- Non-discrimination – level playing field, so businesses can operate across the whole of the UK
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