THERESA MAY was last night urged to make a “clean break” from Brussels – after it emerged the UK has had to accept every EU law it has opposed since the referendum.
Campaigners claimed that out of 102 votes taken by the EU’s Council of Ministers on proposed laws since mid-2016, Britain has abstained or voted against 17.
But all 17 have been passed through by member states without the UK’s support – in areas from funding programmes to a new ports directive that threatens “tens of thousands” of jobs.
Change Britain said the new figures showed why it was wrong of pro-EU MPs to argue Theresa May should keep Britain in the EU’s single market so she can influence EU policymaking.
The pro-Brexit campaign group – backed by Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Environment Secretary Michael Gove – urged the PM to take back “full control of our laws”.
The blast comes just days after Theresa May hosted a mammoth Cabinet showdown over her vision for a Brexit “end state”.
Before the showdown, Mr Johnson warned Brexit mustn’t leave Britain as a “vassal state”. He said any future trade deal with Brussels must give Britain the power to ditch EU laws and make its own rules.
Speaking last night, Change Britain chair, the Brexit-backing ex-Labour MP Gisela Stuart 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.”
Change Britain claims the financial impact of the 17 new pieces of EU legislation opposed by the UK totals more than £60million.
A Port Services directive voted through last year – and fiercely opposed by Brexit Secretary David Davis before his promotion – threatens the “commercial freedom” of our ports.
Writing before joining the Cabinet Mr Davis said the bill could cost a number of 400,000 jobs supported by UK ports.
A separate move to extend the EU’s statistical programme by three years will cost Britain £26million.
Change Britain added a separate law will see the EU take more control of our coast guard and sea agencies.
During the Referendum campaign, Vote Leave argued that since 1996, the UK had failed to block a single proposal placed in front of the Council of Ministers from becoming EU law.
The UK had opposed 72 measures which went onto the statute book.
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