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One of the most persistent Brexiteer criticisms of the EU is that the EU Commission has an enormous, faceless, unelected, bureaucracy based in Brussels stifling enterprise and growth. Little matter that the Brussels headcount of c. 33,000 is less than the number of of people employed by the County Council of Derbyshire. However now Brexit secretary David Davis has revealed that the Whitehall Civil service will balloon by at least 8,000 workers by the end of the year to deal with the fall-out from Brexit. Given that the UK represents about 16% of the EU economy, this is already proportionately more than the entire Commission bureaucracy.

Not comparing precisely like with like, perhaps, but an indication that Brexit is not going to save on the cost of governance for the UK.

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