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Applause as review of EU laws get under way

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AN INVESTIGATION into whether European Union laws are burdening UK firms with excessive red tape and costs has enthusiastic won backing from the plant industry.

Neil Davidson QC, who is conducting the Governmentbacked review, said: 'Around half of all new legislation that impacts on business derives from rules agreed at the EU level, so it important that those rules are written into the UK statute book as simply and effectively as possible.' He added that particularly burdensome rules could be 'revisited' by the Government.

CPA chief executive Colin Wood said: 'This can only be a good thing. It is not a level playing field at the moment as some countries only do the barest minimum with EU law, while the UK has a reputation as one of the toughest goldplaters ? strict enforcers of EU laws.'