Brexiteer David Bannerman blasted the European Union for its “overregulation” and for not being a “democratic, accountable machine”.
He told Sky News’ All Out Politics it would be up to Westminster to make changes that would be “sensible and applicable to circumstances in Britain”.
The politician spoke about the Great Repeal Bill, which will involve Britain taking on EU laws before it can make any changes.
David Bannerman accused the EU of not being democratic.
I’m a member of the European Parliament, I see it up close. This is not a democratic, accountable machine you’re dealing with
He said: “There’s a certain irony to it as a Brexiteer – to have all these laws added to UK law but it is true, things like regulations are directly applicable if you’re an EU member.
“When we cease to be an EU member they’re no longer applicable so they have to be wrapped into the Great Repeal Bill, so do decisions of the European Courts of Justice.”
Mr Bannerman said the 700,000 pages of EU law –“the height of nelson’s column in terms of paper” –would then be open to debate and modification.
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David Bannerman said the EU exit would benefit the UK economy "hugely"
He said: “I think that’s very exciting, the working time directive is a source of real worry to the business community, the cost of that is £4billion or more a year – that’s a good example of a starting place but there’s a lot more to follow.”
The East of England MEP the blasted the “bad laws” the UK was subject to.
He said: “I’m a member of the European Parliament, I see it up close. This is not a democratic, accountable machine you’re dealing with.
“As a result, we get a lot of bad laws and a lot of overregulation, it’s a huge opportunity here, I think it’s a wonderful opportunity to look at it all again.
“Not to get rid of it all but you can tweak it and repeal things that really aren’t necessary and I think it’s going to benefit the economy hugely.”