Tories pledge to cut EU red tape†
- BBC NEWS
Britain needs to stop implementing EU business rules more strictly than its competitors, say the Tories. The call came as the party unveiled its business deregulation programme at Westminster on Wednesday.
Shadow trade and industry secretary Stephen O'Brien is promising to end so-called "gold-plating" - where extra controls are added to EU directives.
The Tories say the problem is worse in Britain but the government denies it happens routinely.
He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme too many EU rules, which made up more than half of new legislation in Britain, was waved through without proper scrutiny.