What is regulatory alignment?

In the context of Brexit, regulatory alignment refers to the degree to which UK and EU rules governing trade in goods and services will be the same or similar in future. There is disagreement about what the term means precisely, as there are different degrees of alignment.

The UK government’s latest Chequers proposals suggest full regulatory alignment, or harmonisation, in goods (but not services) through a shared common rulebook.

This essentially means the UK would continue to have the same rules governing goods as the EU even as those rules change in the future, but now without the UK’s input into their design.

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