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02 Feb 2023

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UK-EU regulatory divergence tracker: sixth edition

UK in a Changing Europe’s series of regulatory divergence trackers provide an overview of where and how the UK has used its newfound regulatory freedoms to diverge from EU regulation. It identifies and analyses the most significant cases of divergence between the UK and EU which have taken place since Brexit. It explains what the changes are, what impact they are having, and likely further consequences.

This is the sixth edition of the divergence tracker, covering developments since October 2022. There are six cases of active divergence (where the UK or some part of it changes its rules), 13 of passive divergence (where the EU changes its rules and the UK, or some part of it, does not follow), two of active alignment (where the UK and EU take the same regulatory steps in parallel), and five of delayed divergence (where either side postpones an upcoming case of divergence).

This edition of the tracker finds that the UK has engaged in less active divergence over the past quarter. This is due in part to political instability, but also to Prime Minister Sunak’s emphasis on calming the markets and projecting a wider sense of political stability.

The new administration has signalled its ambition to reform EU legislation, though in a more targeted manner than under the two preceding premierships.

A one page summary briefing of can be found here.

The first edition of the tracker can be found here, the second here, the third here, the fourth here, and the fifth here. For an overview of the politics of regulatory divergence during the period, see Research Associate Joël Reland’s analysis, or for an introduction to the tracker watch the video below.

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