Thu Feb 18th, 2021 at 06:10:12 AM EST
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Boris Johnson's adviser on regulatory reform, Iain Duncan Smith, has said he will not lead a "slash-and-burn exercise" when it comes to changing Britain's post-Brexit rules.
Duncan Smith's comment chime with warnings from business leaders that they do not want the UK prime minister to oversee a "bonfire" of EU red tape and instead want to see him focus on ensuring the government becomes "nimbler" at making new rules.
The idea of a post-Brexit conflagration, laying waste to what they see as stifling Brussels regulation, has been a staple of Eurosceptic discourse for years, but it is being quietly doused by the government.
Duncan Smith, chair of Johnson's innovation, growth and regulatory reform task force, said his group would be proposing "fast and sensible" regulatory reforms, drawing on English common law principles.
"You need people to take responsibility -- we intervene when necessary."
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This appointment again shows that Brexit didn't end with the signing of a trade deal.
While the UK is no longer a member of the EU, negotiating with Brussels and member states will preoccupy this and future governments for years to come.
Since the start of the year (and the end of the transition period) serious tensions have flared up between Westminster and Brussels over trade disruption between Great Britain and Northern Ireland and vaccine supplies.
Other issues, such as the City of London's access to EU markets, remain unresolved.
'Slash and burn' of EU rules ruled out post-Brexit ... statement has earned a number of Pinocchio's.