The UK will be forced to comply with an insane EU law despite Britain leaving the trade bloc at the end of this year. Being effective after Brexit, ride-on lawnmowers, golf carts and tractors will be expected to have motor insurance.
The UK prime minister, Boris Johnson described the law which comes from an EU directive interpreted by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) as insane.
Even though the UK exiting the EU, the withdrawal agreement stated pre-Brexit judgements carried out by the ECJ will continue to be effective.
Boris Johnson had been advised by lawyers that the law may leave homeowners facing prosecution for driving vehicles without insurance.
Furthermore, the chief of executive of the Motor Insurers’ Board (MIB) warned that the new law may end up “penalising” the common man.
Dominic Clayden told The Sunday Telegraph that, “Through this application of EU law in Britain, millions of new uninsured vehicles have potentially been created.
“This will end up penalising ordinary people just going about their business on private land.
“Leaving the EU means we now have an opportunity to decide our laws for ourselves and we want to work with the Government to find a path forward.”
The MIB had attempted to appeal against the ECJ’s judgment but the decision was upheld by the Court of Appeal.
Now they are asking the Prime Minister to make sure the rule is overturned once the UK leaves the trade bloc. In 2016 the Government was forced to carry out a consultation on implementing the EU regulation.
The law comes after a case where a man fell from a ladder after being hit by a tractor-trailer.
The Department of Transport reacted at the time saying, “We oppose any measures which impose an unreasonable burden on the public.”
It is expected that the UK will still pay into the EU’s budget and will also adhere to EU laws during the transition stage.
Meanwhile, the transition stage will end on the 31, of December 2020, but before then, the UK and EU will carry out trade talks in the coming weeks.
Before talks have even begun, both sides have clashed over how the future agreement will be shaped.
Boris Johnson has expressed his desire to have an agreement similar to that of Canada and the EU. Brussels officials have now ruled out the proposal with Michel Barnier claiming it is not possible.
“A trade agreement that includes in particular fishing and includes a level playing field, with a country that has very particular proximity, a unique territorial and economic closeness.
“It can’t be compared to Canada or South Korea or Japan.” The EU negotiator said.
The Comprehensive Economic and Tarde Agreement between the EU and Canada lasted for seven years before reaching an agreement.