Up to 2300 laws to be scrapped “because they don’t make sense”

Up to 2300 laws dating back to 1975 are to be scrapped because “they no longer make sense” and their continued existence on the Statute books could only generate confusion.

This “legislative cleansing” (as the government is calling it) started during the government of José Sócrates, but was “interrupted” when the centre-right coalition under Pedro Passos Coelho came to power.

The scrapping will take place “very soon”, assures secretary of state for the presidency of the council of ministers Tiago Antunes, adding that the idea is to make the country’s laws much clearer – “sort the wheat from the chaff”.