Is EU regulation really so bad for the UK?

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Series Details 04.09.17
Publication Date 04/09/2017
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Government estimates suggest that around half of all UK legislation with an impact on business, charities, and the voluntary sector originates from the EU. This is often used as an argument in favour of Brexit. But the overall costs and benefits of EU regulation are rarely scrutinised in depth.

However, the authors argue that there is good cause for the UK to keep most EU-derived regulations, even if it has the freedom to abandon them after Brexit.

Instead, the UK should address skills shortages, under-investment in research and development, over-investment in property, and public investment in green technologies. Regulation can have positive economic effects.

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