Red Tape Initiative

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Red Tape Initiatve Ltd



  • Nick Tyrone
  • Thomas Fieldhouse
  • Oliver Lewis
  • Alex Hackett

Advisory Panel:


bonfire is being drawn up by another govt-sanctioned, but privately-funded group, the Red Tape Initiative. The slate of EU regulations it wants ditched is set to be published in the Autumn evidence-gathering-in-nine-sectors-of-the-british-economy ref – everything from rules on housing and infrastructure, to health and energy ref. Helping to draw up the list are commercial lobbyists Hanbury Strategy and mega law/lobbying firms Dentons and Squire Patton Boggs, with the latter simultaneously inviting corporate CEOs to contact its Brexit team to discuss "UK deregulation" ref. Tamsin Cave, Unlock Democracy.

  • Sept.25.2017: Brexit: Why did the Red Tape Initiative Meet with BEIS?. The Red Tape Initiative has so far only met with one govt department since it launched – the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The Red Tape Initiative is led by Conservative Oliver Letwin, who was, for just three weeks, the first Brexit secretary before David Davis took over the role. Before the Brexit referendum, Letwin was responsible for leading the “clean growth committee” to coordinate decarbonisation efforts across government departments. According to Tyrone, however, the government’s much anticipated and long-overdue Clean Growth Plan, where it will lay out plans to reduce the country’s greenhouse gas emissions, was not discussed with BEIS. The RTI was set up in April with the aim of making suggestions to government about ways to change, clarify, or cut EU rules and regulations as they are adopted into British law after Brexit. What the RTI hopes to do, Tyrone has previously told the media, is to spot changes that may have been missed by government and parliament. The goal is to remove so-called regulatory burdens with cross-party support. As the group’s website states, it hopes “to forge a consensus on the regulatory changes that could benefit both businesses and their employees in a post-Brexit Britain”. The RTI is backed by major business groups including the Institute of Directors, the CBI and the Federation of Small Businesses. The RTI's funding comes from just 4 sources: £50,000 was donated by Jonathan Marland, David Cameron's former trade envoy who also sits on RTI’s management board; £50,000 was donated by Geoffrey GuyWikipedia-W.svg, a chairman at GW Pharmaceuticals; £50,000 came from the Ana Leaf Foundation, a health charity based in Jersey; and £12,000 was given by the Public Interest Foundation, a policy not-for profit. One of the trustees of the Ana Leaf Foundation is Hayley Du Putron, wife of Peter, a hedge fund boss who has given the Conservative Party more than £800,000 since sister-in-law Andrea Leadsom won a seat in Parliament. Meanwhile the Public Interest Foundation backs right-wing think tanks Civitas and Policy Exchange. Civitas, in particular, is known for being highly opaque and part of a network of Brexit climate deniers. (more) Kyla Mandel, DeSmog UK.
  • Jul.17.2017: The other UK Brexit department. As the Repeal Bill, which will transplant 40 years’ worth of EU laws onto the British statute book, begins its journey through parliament on Thursday, a new group The Red Tape Initiative (RTI), founded by David Cameron’s former policy guru Oliver Letwin is combing through EU rules and regulations making suggestions to govt for ways to tweak legislation. It’s not part of govt and exists, to look for legislative changes in every sector — from housing to infrastructure to training and apprenticeships — that might lift what it sees as regulatory burdens, and get support across the political spectrum. Whitehall watchers consider it a completely new type of organization — one born out of Brexit — although some regard it as a controversial outsourcing of the work of ministers, while others believe it’s an innovative way to help an over-burdened govt. But the idea of policy formulation by what many feel is an old boys’ network (with some Labour and Lib Dem window-dressing) is causing disquiet in some quarters. Charlie Cooper, Politico.
  • Jul.14.2017: Who’s funding the Red Tape Initiative? The govt-backed Red Tape Initiative – a project set up to create cross-party consensus on cutting regulations after Brexit – has endured a rough few weeks. Private Eye magazine reported the project is funded by building company Berkeley Homes, and its anti-regulation boss Tony Pidgley. Amid the storm of criticism about its funding, the group’s director general Nick TyroneWikipedia-W.svg (a) refuted being funded by Berkeley, and (b) shared its list of donors with Unearthed, and answered some questions. Zachary Davies Boren, UnEarthed @ Greenpeace.
  • Jul.05.2017: The Grenfell inquiry will be a stitch-up. Here’s why. On the morning of 14 June, as the tower blazed, an organisation called the Red Tape Initiative convened for its prearranged discussion about building regulations. One of the organisation’s tasks was to consider whether rules determining the fire resistance of cladding materials should be removed for the sake of construction industry profits. Please bear with me while I explain what this initiative is and who runs it, as it’s a perfect cameo of British politics. It’s a government-backed body, established “to grasp the opportunities” that Brexit offers to cut "red tape"... (more...) George Monbiot, The Guarian.
  • Jun.13.2017 (archived): Cutting Red Tape. The Cutting Red Tape programme allows Business to tell Government how it can cut red tape and reduce bureaucratic barriers to growth and productivity within their sector. You can also tell us which sector you think we should review in the future. The National Archives
  • May.15.2017: The Red Tape Initiative. Jonathan Fisher QC has been appointed to serve as a member of the Legal Panel of the Red Tape Initiative. The Red Tape Initiative is a cross party initiative for reaching consensus on regulatory changes in post-Brexit Britain. Officially launched on Apr.20.2017, the Red Tape Initiative’s first working groups will meet after the general election. Learn more about the Red Tape Initiative. Bright Line Law.