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Brexit plans will have to untangle over 19,000 EU rules affecting businesses

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As Brexit negotiations roll on, a report from the Confederation of British Industry warns that the UK could inadvertently make some businesses illegal overnight.

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Flags are arranged at the EU Commission headquarters ahead of a first full round of talks on Brexit, Britain's divorce terms from the European Union, in Brussels
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The business lobby group, representing 190,000 companies in Britain, says the UK deciding which of 19,000 EU rules it will and won’t adopt is a dangerous game.

Flags are arranged at the EU Commission headquarters ahead of a first full round of talks on Brexit, Britain's divorce terms from the European Union, in Brussels
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For example, dropping the EU’s Clinical Trials Regulation could hamper the UK’s pharmaceutical industry, requiring multiple trials for one product—but splitting it between Britain and Europe.

Flags are arranged at the EU Commission headquarters ahead of a first full round of talks on Brexit, Britain's divorce terms from the European Union, in Brussels
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Moreover, some UK products could be deemed illegal for sale in the EU if they don’t adhere to the bloc’s standards.

Flags are arranged at the EU Commission headquarters ahead of a first full round of talks on Brexit, Britain's divorce terms from the European Union, in Brussels
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Since 1972, the UK has followed EU laws. Reverting to a system predating that era is “one of the largest legislative projects ever undertaken in the UK,” says the House of Commons.

Flags are arranged at the EU Commission headquarters ahead of a first full round of talks on Brexit, Britain's divorce terms from the European Union, in Brussels
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