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The great Brexit irony: leaving will mean more bureaucracy, not less

The ability to cut red tape was a key Brexit prize—but Eurosceptics are in for a nasty shock

By Pawel Swidlicki  

Jacob Rees-Mogg has said Britain is strangled by EU red tape. But could it be even worse on the outside? Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire/PA Images

We are almost one year down with one more to go in the Article 50 negotiating window, and the broad contours of the post-Brexit order are slowly coming into focus. Notwithstanding the non-negligible risk of a “no deal” scenario, following Theresa May’s Mansion House speech and the leak of the European Union’s draft negotiating guidelines for the new relationship, we have a good sense as to the likely direction of travel.

One striking feature…

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