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Express: ‘Complete madness’ Brexiteer MOCKS these EU rules UK can free itself from post-Brexit

Date: 06 04 2018

‘Complete madness’ Brexiteer MOCKS these EU rules UK can free itself from post-Brexit

BREXITEER John Longworth has ripped into the European Union ridiculing regulation made on the continent and the Leave Means Leave chief outlines how Britain will thrive post-Brexit.

Co-chair of Leave Means Leave, Mr Longworth ripped into “silly” regulations enforced by the Brussels club.

Mr Longworth outlined why the UK needs to be able to diverge from EU regulation post-but insisted Britain would abide by certain regulations.

Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, Mr Longworth said: “There are lots of regulations that we would want to keep. British standards are viewed around the world of being very high.

“Therefore, in order to maintain the quality of British goods, we will want to retain those regulations.

“But there are lots of regulations that are really silly and bureaucratic.

“The ergonomics directive requires employers to measure people’s chairs and desks and record them each year. To make sure that their sitting position is correct.

“As if people can’t work that out for themselves, it’s complete madness.”

Mr Longworth added: “Will Brussels allow us to diverge? It is a very good question. They will try to stop us from doing that because they will not want us to have lower taxes in the UK than they have in the EU because we will be able to compete with them in that case.

“It’s up to our Government to make sure that Brussels does not get their way. There is no reason why an independent sovereign nation shouldn’t diverge on regulation.”

Mr Longworth also took a swipe at EU “bureaucrats” who develop regulation for the Brussels bloc.

He said: “Britain, in a deregulated environment will demonstrate that the British people are actually better not having that Orwellian Big Brother state loaded on them.

“Brussels fear that massively because if Britain thrives and prospers after leaving the EU in a deregulated environment it will demonstrate how bad the EU is.

“Of course, all of those bureaucrats in Brussels who earn a living producing regulation, they are there to do nothing else but to push regulations out.

“Suddenly they will find the people of Europe ask them the question, ‘why are we paying you so much money to do this when all it is doing is making us poorer?’”

The Government has suggested Britain will stay aligned to the EU’s regulation in some sectors post-Brexit and will use an independent arbitration mechanism to handle disputes.

During his Vienna speech, the Brexit Secretary called for “mutual recognition” between two regulatory regimes which would avoid trade barriers.

David Davis said: “We start from a position of total alignment, with unprecedented experience in working with one another’s’ regulators and institutions.

“The agreement we strike will not be about convergence but what we do when one of us choses to make changes to our rules.”

The EU’s draft paper followed, which suggested Northern Ireland should remain in the customs union, also claimed: “A common regulatory area comprising the union and the United Kingdom in respect of Northern Ireland is hereby established.”

April 6th, 2018: Express