A series of new principles that the Government will use when introducing European measures into UK law was announced by Vince Cable today. According to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) these principles will end so called “gold-plating” (an elaboration of a European directive) so that British businesses are not put at a disadvantage relative to their European competitors.

Commenting, Dr Adam Marshall, Director of Policy at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:


“Business will welcome the coalition’s efforts to improve the quality of legislation and end the so called ‘gold-plating’ of European directives. Favouring the ‘copy out’* of European legal texts could certainly help to reduce unnecessary complication by government departments.


“However, government officials and ministers will have to oversee a real culture change in Whitehall to make these recommendations a reality and lighten the load on British business.”