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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 and instead maintain a “level playing field.

In the UK-EU trade talks, regulatory standards were at the heart of discussions.

The final Trade and Cooperation Agreement committed both sides to non-regression in areas such as environment and workers’ rights 

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