Policy paper

UK internal market

This white paper sets out options to protect the flow of goods and services in the UK’s internal market.

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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 proposes to enshrine in law 2 principles:

  • the principle of mutual recognition
  • the principle of non-discrimination

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.

Government response to consultation

We consulted on the options set out in the white paper, and published the government’s response to the consultation on 9 September.

Published 16 July 2020
Last updated 9 September 2020 + show all updates
  1. Government response to associated consultation published.

  2. First published.