Britain plans review of EU laws and rules

July 13, 2012 at 1:41 AM
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LONDON, July 13 (UPI) -- The British government plans to review the impact of all European Union laws and regulations on the country, Foreign Secretary William Hague said Thursday.

Hague gave the details in a statement to the House of Commons, the BBC reported.

"Government departments will be tasked with consulting and inviting evidence from everyone with a knowledge of, and interest in, the exercise of the EU's competences, including, of course, committees of Parliament and the devolved administrations, but also businesses, civil society, other interested parties and individuals with expertise in and experience of each area," he said. "We will be equally interested to hear from car manufacturers about EU product standards as from NGOs about environmental policies, or security experts about combating organized crime."

Prime Minister David Cameron has suggested the current economic crisis is an opportunity for Britain to renegotiate its position in Europe, The Daily Telegraph said. He has said Britain is not interested in leaving the EU but could seek the return of some powers to London in return for agreeing to further economic integration.

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