What is non-regression?
Non-regression is the idea that different parties to a trade agreement commit in future to at least maintaining their current level of regulatory standards on things like labour law and environmental protection. This is to avoid either side reducing standards to gain competitive advantage. In the UK-EU trade talks, regulatory standards have been at the heart of discussions. The UK has indicated that it is prepared to accept non-regression from the environmental and social protection standards in place at the end of the transition period. This is a means to ensure fair competition, or a level playing field, between companies on both sides.