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Alarm as Boris Johnson to strip away swathes of EU law after Brexit ‘to boost economy’

Today’s Queen’s Speech marks the Prime Minister’s last chance to implement significant reform before the next election, and he will use it to ditch hundreds of EU law from the statute book.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Boris Johnson has torn up swathes of EU law today as he used the Queen’s Speech to reset his flailing premiership.

The Prime Minister is set to remove hundreds of EU law from the statute book, including plans to cut regulations for small businesses and remove environmental restrictions that can hinder infrastructure projects.

The Brexit Freedoms Bill aims to “end the supremacy of European law and seize the benefits of Brexit by ensuring regulation fits the needs of the UK, which in turn will enable economic growth”.

This marks the PM’s last chance to implement significant reform before the next election, and he appears to be making the most of “getting Brexit done” in a bid to charm voters who backed him in his 2019 landslide genera election win.

Measures will include updating the planning system, improving the standard in schools, updating trade policy and laws surrounding data protection.

Prince Charles leading the State Opening of Parliament in the Queen’s absence ( Image: Sky News)
But a bill to let ministers rip up the Northern Ireland protocol, which has caused much contention over the weekend since Sinn Fein’s election victory, was not included.

Setting out his mission, the Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “This Queen’s Speech will get our country back on track, and I will strive – and this Government will strive – night and day to deliver it.

“Because in spite of everything we have been through, we are going to ensure that over the two years we have left in this parliament, we spend every second uniting and levelling up this country, exactly as we said we would.”

The ceremonial mace hangs out of the window of a car outside the Palace of Westminster
The PM dropped plans to ban foie gras and fur imports, amid fears of sparking a Tory rebellion.

The Animals Abroad Bill was drafted, in a bid to improve animal welfare, but was not included in the Queen’s speech.

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