Reforming the framework for better regulation

Closed 1 Oct 2021

Opened 22 Jul 2021


Our exit from the EU provides us with the opportunity to think boldly about how we regulate and for the first time in a generation, we have the freedom to conceive and implement rules that put the UK first. We will use this freedom to unlock cutting-edge technologies, unleash innovation, and propel start-up growth, levelling up every corner of the UK. This will be a crucial part of boosting our productivity and helping us bring the benefits of growth to the whole of our country.

In seizing this opportunity, this consultation seeks feedback from interested parties on how we can reform the UK framework for better regulation.

The consultation sets out five principles that will underpin the Government’s approach to regulation to ensure it benefits the British people:

  • A sovereign approach: the UK will use its freedoms to take a tailored approach to setting rules in a way that boosts growth and benefits the British people.
  • Leading from the front: we will act nimbly to support the development of new technologies.
  • Proportionality: We will use non-regulatory options where we can, while acting decisively to put in place strong rules where they are needed.
  • Recognising what works: Regulations will be thoroughly analysed to ensure they work in the real world.
  • Setting high standards at home and globally: we will set high standards at home and engage in robust regulatory diplomacy across the world, leading in multilateral settings, influencing the decisions of others and helping to solve problems that require a global approach.

Read the consultation document on GOV.UK.

What happens next

We will publish a response to this call for evidence after the close of the consultation.


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