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The white paper sets out policy options to protect the flow of goods and services across the UK after the end of transition period. To secure this, the Government is proposing to enshrine in law two principles:

  • the principle of mutual recognition; and
  • the principle of non-discrimination.

The Government explains that mutual recognition means that the rules governing the production and sale of goods and services in one part of the UK are recognised in the other parts of the UK, and should present no barrier to the flow of goods and services between different regulatory systems. Non-discrimination means that it is not possible for one regulatory regime to introduce rules that discriminate specifically against goods and services from another.

The consultation is open until 13 August 2020. To access the white paper and the consultation, click here.