Brexit LIVE: Hannan picks out shadowy civil servants pulling rug from under Boris' EU plan

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The Conservative peer took aim at the civil service as he insisted the Prime Minister will have to take on “immobilist officials to deliver meaningful deregulation”.

Writing for the Telegraph, Lord Hannon said: “It will mean removing trade barriers, including in agriculture. It will mean lower, flatter and simpler taxes.

“Many Conservative MPs ask each other whether these things can happen as their party is currently led and configured.

“They hope the PM will replace the civil servants who have let him down with a Lord Frost-like figure – with someone, in other words, who wants to grasp the opportunities for freer commerce and competition afforded by Brexit.”

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