Polish-born Mr Kawczynski pointed to the country of his birth as an example of somewhere he claimed was already suffering as a result of “over-regulation”. Mr Kawczynski, Tory MP for Shrewsbury and Atcham, was speaking in the wake of comments by Mr Hogan in the latest issue of The Parliament, the European Parliament’s official magazine, earlier this week. In it, Mr Hogan, European Commissioner for Trade under European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, wrote: “Our single market of 446 million consumers makes us highly attractive as a trading partner.
“That is why countries and regional blocs all around the world are lining up to sign deals with us.”
“The European Union is a regulatory superpower.
“This means that we are often at the head of the pack when it comes to setting standards worldwide.”
“Take data protection; our EU regulation in this complex policy area is viewed as a global trendsetter and has been adopted by many other countries.
“Or take climate action; Europe is already a global leader in implementing the COP21 targets, but our ambition has been turbocharged by President von der Leyen’s flagship initiative, the European Green Deal.”
However, Mr Kawczynski was unimpressed by Mr Hogan’s boasts.
He asked: “Is he having a laugh here?
“That’s the question which immediately springs to my mind when I hear his vision of a regulatory superpower.
“Thank goodness we have left the EU and can create a regulatory framework which British business and citizens can support whilst ensuring Britain is competitive and supporting business innovation.
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The one-size-fits-all rules are having a terrible burden for countries like Poland
Daniel Kawczynski MP
Mr Kawczynski, who moved to the UK aged seven, added: “The one-size-fits-all rules are having a terrible burden for countries like Poland.
“They are starting to feel the economic downsides from the EU’s obsession with over-regulation, which make their businesses more costly to run as a result.”
Express.co.uk readers were left similarly unimpressed by Mr Hogan’s claims.
In a reference to the seven years it took for the EU to agree the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), Frances 48 commented: “Other countries queuing up…. yeh they have to wait so long for a trade deal they queue up for years.”
Freedom18 added: “Our 60 million population and £100 billion per year trade deficit with the EU makes the UK the best trading partner the EU can get.
“We have the buying power of 17 EU countries!!!
“Put that in your pipe and smoke it EU commissioner for trade.”
RudeBoy said: “DelEUded. These people actually believe their own propaganda.”
Mr Hogan, 59, a member of Leo Varadkar’s Fine Gael party, served as European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development between 2014 and 2019 in the Commission headed up by Mrs von der Leyen’s predecessor Jean-Claude Juncker.
A former member of Ireland’s Parliament, the Dail, prior to moving to Brussels, Mr Hogan held several ministerial roles in Dublin, most recently the Environment, Community and Local Government portfolio.
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