Clarke tells of ‘myths’ over EU leg­is­la­tion

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Lots of Bri­tish peo­ple are look­ing for­ward to hav­ing “bent ba­nanas” af­ter Brexit, a se­nior Tory Re­mainer said.

For­mer cabi­net min­is­ter Ken Clarke praised for­mer Ukip leader Nigel Farage as the “most suc­cess­ful politi­cian of my gen­er­a­tion” for per­suad­ing peo­ple that leg­is­la­tion which gave EU law supremacy had led Euro­crats to pro­duce “vast quan­ti­ties of aw­ful leg­is­la­tion”.

He said peo­ple were look­ing for­ward to hav­ing bent ba­nanas once the European Com­mu­ni­ties Act 1972 was re­pealed.

Mr Clarke said the leg­is­la­tion – which will be re­pealed by the new leg­is­la­tion – had not been harm­ful.

He told the Com­mons: “The idea – which is very pop­u­larly put for­ward by Ukip and oth­ers – that it led face­less, grey Euro­crats to pro­duce vast quan­ti­ties of aw­ful leg­is­la­tion and red tape is one of the big­gest myths of our time.

“And I pay trib­ute to Nigel Farage’s cam­paign­ing abil­i­ties. There’s ab­so­lutely no doubt he’s the most suc­cess­ful politi­cian of my gen­er­a­tion, be­cause he has per­suaded a high pro­por­tion of the pop­u­la­tion that that is ex­actly how it runs.”

Mr Clarke added: “I fought an elec­tion once where sev­eral of my con­stituents – quite a lot of them – had been per­suaded that the Euro­crats were about to abol­ish dou­ble decker buses, and it took some con­sid­er­able time to try to re­fute that rather wor­ry­ing be­lief.”

Ken Clarke hit out at “myths”.

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