Molly Scott Cato tore into the idea of “copy and pasting” European Union (EU) law into UK law once Britain leaves the bloc, as she insisted it could create loopholes in regulation.
Speaking to Radio 4’s Westminster Hour, the MEP said the Brexit team should reveal their hand and how the Government planned to tackle a ‘hard’ exit from Brussels.
Dr Cato said: “We are very aware of the fact there are a lot of plans being made about how laws will change as a result of our leaving the European Union.
“We’ve seen from various leaks that actually these plans are being made but we don’t know about them.
The Green Party want Theresa May’s Cabinet to reveal its Brexit plans
“So we are asking David Davis to release all scenario planning he is doing and all the impact studies he is doing about what ‘hard’ Brexit might mean to our economy, to our health service and also to our environment.”
The Green Party politician also said Theresa May’s Government had made it clear what their “objective” is ahead of talks with the EU.
She told the BBC radio programme: “Although there is this suggestion of copy and pasting European law into UK law after that happens it can be repealed.
“But actually the idea of just bringing law across on mass is not very realistic… many are likely to get lost and loopholes will be created if you just do in for some sort of mammoth cut and paste exercise.
We’ve seen leading Tories saying how we need to have a bonfire of regulation
Molly Scott Cato
“Also I’m worried because we’ve seen leaks… We’ve seen leading Tories saying how we need to have a bonfire of regulation, so I think we’re fairly clear about the direction that the Government will take us and what their objective is.”
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The demand for Mr Davis to reveal the Government’s Brexit plans comes as the EU faces an in-house rebellion as leading politicians from Ireland, Denmark and the Netherlands are set to meet in the Hauge this week.
The mini summit said to be between like-minded EU members states, will see Irish PM Enda Kenny meeting with Dutch PM Mark Rutte and Denmark’s Lars Løkke Rasmussen to discuss how to avoid the EU divorce payment causing delays to any future trade deal between the bloc and the UK.
The leaders are opposed to the Brexit-settlement, thought to be as high as £50bn, as Ireland, Denmark and the Netherlands’ economy could be badly affected.
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European Council President Donald Tusk gestures to members of the media as he leaves 10 Downing street after talks with British Prime Minister Theresa May in central London
Minister of State for European Affairs Dara Murphy claimed Ireland was not seeking to build “formal alliances”, but was hoping to make its stance clear through a “collective” voice.
The news of the planned meeting comes as Brussels are reportedly planning to strip the UK of the London-based European Medicines Agency (EMA) and European Banking Authority (EBA) within the next few weeks.
The EMA and EBA each employ about 1,000 people, many of them British, and provide a hub for businesses in the UK.