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Brexit would boost UK economy by £4.3bn claims Patel

By Emma Clark

Pro-Brexit Tory minister Priti Patel said the Government could reduce the "burden" of EU social and employment law if the UK pulled out of the union, claiming it could provide a £4.3bn boost to the economy.

She raised the example of the EU blocking Britain from exempting self-employed drivers from the working time directive, which requires employers to guarantee workers that they will not work on average more than 48 hours a week.

In a speech at the Institute of Directors, Ms Patel went on: "If we could just halve the burdens of the EU social and employment legislation we could deliver a £4.3bn boost to our economy and 60,000 new jobs.

"Just think of how much more success our economy could have if we had the power to reduce the burden of red tape and replace pointless EU rules with sensible domestic regulation.

"If we vote to leave, those opportunities arise. But a vote to remain will be a green light to further centralisation and harmonisation."

But the TUC said her comments showed that Brexit poses a "big risk" for workers. General Secretary Frances O'Grady said: "Leave the EU and lose your rights at work - that's the message that even Leave campaigners like Priti Patel are giving."

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