Brexiteer Hannan calls on Sunak to scrap EU laws

Brexit 'will take longer to bring big benefits' says Davis

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A Brexiteer has called for Britain to press on with scrapping retained EU laws. Conservative peer Lord Hannan said the UK should have gone for a Swiss approach keeping close economic ties with Brussels following the Brexit vote.

But Lord Hannan said the EU was “determined to reject whatever Britain asked for”.

The former MEP said a Singapore approach with “all-out for divergence” is now the only option as the UK had been left with the “worst of both worlds”.

Writing in the Telegraph, Lord Hannan said: “We therefore have to make divergence work.

“We need to push ahead with the scrapping of EU laws.”

Lord Hannan’s comments come after question marks have been raised over the 2023 deadline for axing retained EU laws.

The UK still has more than 2,000 of pieces of EU laws on its statute book accumulated during decades of membership of the bloc.

The Retained EU Law Bill, which passed its second reading last month, paves the way for the Government to scrap any not actively incorporated into UK law by the end of 2023.

But there have been question marks over whether the mammoth bureaucratic task would be completed by the date.

Speaking in the Commons last month, Mr Rees-Mogg, who spearheaded the Bill during his time in Government, hailed it as “removing the supremacy of EU law”.

And he accused those opposed to a bonfire of retained EU laws of “fighting the Brexit battle over again”.

Mr Rees-Mogg said: “The issue of supremacy is of constitutional importance and I’d say anybody who opposes the removal of the supremacy of EU law is fighting the Brexit battle over again.

“It’s about saying ‘we didn’t really leave after all, we’d like to pretend we’re still there and isn’t it nice to allow this alien law to continue to tell us what we ought to do’.”

Meanwhile, it was reported earlier this month that the Government was considering a Swiss-style deal with Brussels that would allow access to the single market sparking a backlash from Tory Brexiteers.

But Chancellor Jeremy Hunt insisted he does not support Britain rejoining the EU’s single market.

Speaking last week, he told the Commons Treasury Committee: “We do not support, we would not contemplate, I do not support, I have never contemplated, any agreement which means moving away from the TCA, that means we are not negotiating or deciding the regulations that we want as sovereign equals, paying unnecessary money to the EU or indeed compromising on freedom of movement.

“That has always been my position as Chancellor.”

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