UK smoking ban may not be washed up as Labour likely to refloat its own form of bill

UK prime minister Rishi Sunak’s smoking ban bill is likely to be scrapped after it was not mentioned in the final business in the House of Commons last week, following Sunak’s call for a general election – initially scheduled for January 2025 – to take place on 4th July. However, according to some experts, the Labour party, which is soaring in the opinion polls, will certainly revive this legislation in some form.

Commons leader Penny Mordaunt did not include the Tobacco and Vapes Bill as she laid out legislation that could be rushed through by members of parliament (MPs) ahead of Parliament being prorogued, during a period known as “wash-up”. The parliament will be dissolved on Thursday 30th May for six weeks until the election.

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Antonia Di Lorenzo

Assistant news editor/senior reporter
Antonia is a member of the editorial team and holds a masters degree in Law from the University of Naples Federico II, Italy. She moved in 2013 to London, where she completed a postgraduate course at the London School of Journalism. In the UK, she worked as a news reporter for a financial newswire and a magazine before moving to Barcelona in 2019.

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