Rees-Mogg’s plans to axe all EU laws will cripple Whitehall, says leading Brexiter

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MP Theresa Villiers says proposal to axe thousands of laws is unworkable and unnecessary

One of the Tory party’s leading Brexit supporters has raised concerns about plans to scrap 2,400 EU laws by the end of next year – as fears grow that the policy will overwhelm the civil service and bring government to a virtual standstill.

Former environment secretary Theresa Villiers, who backed Brexit in 2016, told the Observer that the proposals would take up vast amounts of civil service time and would involve undoing legislation that, in many cases, was broadly popular and good for the country.

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