Sadly, yes I've been following it
Petitioned Brussels to give UK the hurry up (we were about 18 months late in publishing our implementation!), have been filing FOIs with the DSA, and so on.
I firmly believe that the only way that the UK's implementation will improve rider safety is by getting them off the roads.
17-18 year olds will have very little incentive to do anything beyond a CBT, then ride their YZF R125 (is wicked fast, innit) for 2 years. How's that helping?
If there are any riding schools left in 2 years, the survivors can pay to have all their bad habits shouted out of them, and get themselves an A2 license for the same cost and on exactly the same bike that they'd currently use to do DAS.
How many of them are going to get 35kW bikes? Or how many are going to keep them as 35kW for the following 2 years?
Eh, it's all been said before. Europe, taken in the round, detests bikes. As utility transport for getting to Worker Assets to Toil Pods, maybe. For pleasure or leisure? That hurts them where a human would have a heart.