Meta asks UK government to reconsider plans to scrap EU laws – Digital Journal

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Meta wants the UK to keep some EU e-commerce rules rather than scrap them in its planned bonfire of Brussels legislation – Copyright AFP INDRANIL MUKHERJEE

Facebook owner Meta is urging UK lawmakers to consider legislation to remove all European Union retained laws by 2024 to maintain some e-commerce rules to keep Britain competitive globally.

The UK government introduced legislation in September to amend, repeal or replace all EU laws automatically retained after Brexit by the end of next year.

“The Brexit Freedoms Bill will allow the UK government to eliminate years of burdensome EU regulation in favor of a more agile local regulatory approach that benefits people and businesses across the UK,” he said at the time.

In a recently unveiled letter to a committee of MPs examining the bill, the US tech giant said it wanted to draw attention to a key area of ​​withheld EU law that we believe may be affected.

The California-based company, which has around 4,000 full-time employees in Britain, noted that 2002 e-commerce regulations based on an EU directive limit the liability of online platforms “acting as a mere conduit”.

“This framework… is critical to maintaining an online environment that allows a thriving and diverse tech sector to flourish in the UK,” Meta said.

It warned that without it, “platforms and websites are less likely to want to operate in the UK and may stop making the UK a hub for innovative new products and services in the way the government envisions.”

Meta argued that the provisions should “explicitly be maintained elsewhere or recommend that the Electronic Commerce Regulations be removed from the scope of the Revocation Bill.”

The bill is currently in parliament.

It has provoked a backlash in Britain, with many interest groups and public and private organizations accusing the government of going too far, too fast.

Unions are among those opposed to the bill, with one major organization warning in another letter to the committee released on Friday that it “poses a significant threat to workers’ rights and parliamentarians should oppose it.”

“It is striking that the ministers have not yet explained which laws they intend to maintain, amend or let lapse,” said the Trades Union Congress.

“In fact, there is still uncertainty about whether the government knows which laws are affected,” he added, arguing that “the ultimate goal is deregulation.”

Meanwhile TheCityUK, one of London’s main financial lobby groups, said it has “a number of reservations about the appropriateness of this bill in the current circumstances.”

The organization cited “general need, opportunity costs, the risk of worsening the relationship with the EU and the potential for increased burdens on businesses.”

“At the very least, a much longer sunset period should be allowed for implementation,” he added.

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