These regulations amended the United Kingdom Internal Market Act 2020, on the 11th August 2022.
Schedule 1 of the United Kingdom Internal Market Act 2020 excludes certain products from market access principle within the UK. Amendments by the 2022 Regulations exclude a range of single-use plastic items including plastic straws, cotton buds, drink stirrers, plates, cutlery or chopsticks, balloon sticks and food containers, and drink containers or cups made wholly or partly from expanded or extruded polystyrene.
The market access principles will not apply to these items, prohibiting the sale of these items in any part of the UK.
The regulations apply across the UK.