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The emerging project to “deregulate regulations” will weaken our constitution

Too many laws are made without proper oversight. Now there is talk of deregulating further

By Joe Tomlinson  

Photo: Lorna Hayton / Alamy Stock Photo

The term “regulations” conjures up images of the banal and technocratic, but—while there is certainly a grain of truth in that reputation—the regulations made in parliament are laws that impact every aspect of our society and economy, as well as our everyday lives. All of the lockdown restrictions during the pandemic have come in the form of regulations, and more than 400 Covid-19 regulations have so far been made. To ensure a legal black hole was not created by Brexit, no less than 622 regulations were made before Exit Day. Nor are they just for extraordinary times: our system…

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