Brexiteers have demanded a clean break from Brussels after it was revealed every single new EU law opposed by Britain since the referendum has been passed.
Campaigners said the figures showed why the UK needs to break free from EU regulations.
Since the Brexit referendum in June 2016, Britain has taken part in 102 votes of the EU’s Council of Ministers.
Brexiteers have demanded a clean break from Brussels after it was revealed every single new EU law opposed by Britain since the referendum has been passed
In 17 of those, the country either abstained or voted against the proposed measures. All were subsequently pushed through, bringing in a raft of rules that disadvantage the UK’s interests.
Research by campaign group Change Britain found the new regulations added £473.3million to the EU budget, of which the share paid by British taxpayers works out at £63.6million. Motions the UK refused to endorse – but has nonetheless been forced to accept – include new common rules for ports.
Prior to becoming Brexit Secretary, David Davis warned that this measure ‘will interfere with the commercial freedom of our ports and undermine their ability to attract investment in essential national infrastructure’, claiming that up to 400,000 jobs could be affected.
Gisela Stuart, chairman of Change Britain, said: ‘Those who argue we should stay tied to the EU’s single market in order to influence policy are deluding themselves.
‘The fact is that Brussels already ignores our concerns, and this will only continue if we remain answerable to EU law without being a member of the bloc.
‘This is why we must take back full control of our laws and deliver a clean Brexit.’
Boris Johnson last week warned that keeping Britain shackled to EU laws after Brexit would be ‘madness’.
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said the ‘Brussels way of regulation’ cannot keep pace with the needs of the high-growth industries of the future
The Foreign Secretary said the ‘Brussels way of regulation’ cannot keep pace with the needs of the high-growth industries of the future.
He said maintaining full alignment with EU rules would make a mockery of Brexit, adding: ‘I think the argument is gaining ground that it really would be madness to leave without taking back control of your regulatory freedoms.’
Mr Johnson is leading the charge in the Cabinet for a clean break from the EU.
During talks last week he faced resistance from Chancellor Philip Hammond and Home Secretary Amber Rudd, who fear moving too far from EU regulations could damage existing export markets.
The Foreign Secretary was backed by Michael Gove and Liam Fox, who argue that Brussels’ red tape helps explain why Europe has failed to produce a technology giant such as Microsoft or Google.
Mrs May reserved her position on the matter, telling ministers there would be further discussions before she reaches a final view. The Cabinet meeting reached a broad agreement that the UK should be free to diverge in some areas after Brexit.
Jeremy Corbyn still won't rule out second referendum
Jeremy Corbyn has failed to rule out a second EU referendum on Brexit if he becomes prime minister.
The Labour leader said his party is ‘not advocating’ another vote but will not take the option off the table.
It comes after nine Labour backbenchers backed an unsuccessful Lib Dem amendment seeking a referendum on the terms of the Brexit deal.
Jeremy Corbyn has failed to rule out a second EU referendum on Brexit if he becomes prime minister
And a group of 70 Labour councillors wrote to Shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer asking him to commit to providing an opportunity for ‘people to change their mind’.
Yesterday Mr Corbyn insisted Labour’s Brexit stance was not a shambles. ‘I don’t think it’s confusing,’ he told the i newspaper. ‘What we are saying is … we are formally leaving the EU … [but want to] develop a good economic relationship with Europe and recognise the interdependence of our industries.’
Asked about his deputy Tom Watson, who said a second poll should not be ruled out, Mr Corbyn said: ‘He did say that but our position is we are not advocating a second referendum.’