Brexit Britain has escaped 94,000 new EU laws and rules since leaving the EU

Facts4EU reveals the magnitude of the EU’s legal machine controlling people’s lives

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In the four years since we left, the EU’s legal factory has been in overdrive

For Rejoiners who ask “What has Brexit ever done for you?” we provide yet another example of a major benefit of the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union.

Scarcely any aspect of people’s and businesses’ lives has been untouched by the EU’s obsession with determining what they can or cannot do. Now at least Great Britain (excluding Northern Ireland) no longer has to kowtow to all the autocrats in Brussels, Strasbourg and Luxembourg.

The exception is the European Court of Human Rights, to which the UK as a whole remains subservient. (See ‘Observations’ below.)

Brexit Facts4EU.Org Summary

Since leaving the EU on 31 Jan 2020, here is what Great Britain has escaped

In the last four years the EU’s legal machine has produced the following :-

  • EU law and case-law (69,294)
  • Legal acts (14,346)
  • Treaties (2)
  • International agreements (1,997)
  • Preparatory documents (32,505)
  • Case-law (20,030)
  • EFTA documents (414)
  • National law and case-law (22,066)
  • National transposition (21,260)
  • National case-law (806)
  • JURE case-law (863)
  • Grand total : 93,997

(This is the number of documents in the database encompassing all of the above.)

[Source : The EU’s legal database, accessed 04 Feb 2024.]

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Former Brexit Minister The Rt Hon David Jones MP

"The European Union is a giant regulatory factory, as this excellent report graphically illustrates.

"Our British Common Law tradition is very different from the EU's. Put simply, our legal system allows us to do anything that is not expressly forbidden; the EU, by contrast, seeks to micromanage every facet of personal and commercial life.

"We must, however, do much more to advance the Brexit revolution. We have assimilated thousands of pre-departure European Union laws through the Retained EU Law Act. The Government must rapidly review the utility of those laws and, where they are not of positive benefit, they should be swept away.

"Brexit should be a continuous, liberating process, and the Government must do much more to advance it."

- David Jones MP, commenting to Facts4EU.Org and CIBUK.Org, 05 Feb 2024

Here is just one example

In order to give readers some idea of what Great Britain has dodged, we present an example chosen at random.

Just one random example

Title : “Regulation (EU) 2023/2411 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 October 2023 on the protection of geographical indications for craft and industrial products and amending Regulations (EU) 2017/1001 and (EU) 2019/1753”

Summary : “This Regulation lays down rules on:

(a) registration and protection of, and controls in relation to, geographical indications designating craft and industrial products with a given quality, reputation or other characteristic linked to their geographical origin; and

(b) geographical indications entered in the international register established under the Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement on Appellations of Origin and Geographical Indications (‘the Geneva Act’) administered by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).”

No. of pages : 56

This is only one new Regulation out of thousands avoided by Great Britain since our exit from the European Union four years ago.

A layman’s guide to why the EU does this on an industrial scale

Facts4EU’s lawyer friends should probably look away now, but in layman’s terms the EU operates under the Napoleonic Code, rather than the Common Law system which is used by so many countries around the world.

In very, very broad terms English law means you can do something unless it is prohibited by statute. The continental approach is different. They prefer to dictate what you can do. If it isn’t prohibited under law it does not mean you won’t be prosecuted for doing something, merely that they have not yet passed a law permitting or denying it.

The end result is a plethora of legal instruments which are churned out on an industrial scale.


The constitution of the United Kingdom

The decision last week by Sir Jeffrey Donaldson’s DUP to re-enter the Stormont Assembly in Belfast is something we fail to understand.

Northern Ireland remains under thousands of EU laws and other legal instruments. Neither its elected representatives nor its people have any say over these, nor does the Assembly have a vote over the many thousands of new laws which are produced by the EU each year.

The Province remains subject to a foreign power and its courts. And the residents of Northern Ireland – who are United Kingdom citizens – can do nothing about this.

If we receive more funding we intend to bring readers an important report, updating our previous reports on the topic.

Mr Sunak, the ECHR, and his electoral chances

The UK might not have to transpose EU laws into UK law any longer (except in Northern Ireland), but it remains under the sovereignty of the European Court of Human Rights.

Based on our mailbag, amongst many other things we recommend that the Prime Minister immediately withdraws the United Kingdom from the jurisdiction of the ECHR. If he were to man-up and do this, his electoral fortunes – and those of hundreds of his MPs – would certainly improve.

Another Brexit benefit

Despite the caveats above, our report today demonstrates why the UK was right to leave the EU. Since 01 February 2020 Great Britain has no longer needed to translate thousands of new EU laws, regulations, directives and rules into UK law.

Rejoiners can deflect onto any subjects they wish to, but they cannot deny that the right of the British people to live in a country where a foreign power does not dictate what they can and cannot do is of paramount importance. It’s called ‘Sovereignty’.

We must get reports like this out there

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[ Sources: EU legal services | DUP ] Politicians and journalists can contact us for details, as ever.

Brexit Facts4EU.Org, Mon 05 Feb 2024

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