Research and analysis

Gold-plating review: operation of the transposition principles in the government’s Guiding Principles for EU Legislation

Reviews how government has implemented EU legislation since June 2011, showing very little evidence of 'gold-plating' EU law in this period.



The Coalition Programme for government committed to ‘end the so-called ‘gold-plating’ of EU rules’. Gold-plating refers to government departments adding burdens to EU laws which imposed extra costs and restrictions on business.

The Guiding Principles for EU Legislation, finalised in June 2011, establish how government manages the flow of EU legislation that the UK is legally obliged to implement into UK law. This review examines how the ‘Guiding principles’ have operated over the 18 months since they were finalised, from 1 July 2011 to 31 December 2012.

The analysis shows that the government has been successful in preventing the ‘gold-plating’ of EU legislation. Since the Guiding Principles have been in place, there has been very little evidence of gold-plating of EU legislation placing new burdens on business.

Published 7 March 2013