Michel Barnier (L) and David Davis met for talks in Downing Street
The document prepared by officials warned that 37 directives that are being drawn up by Brussels bureaucrats may be imposed in the so-called “implementation” phase after the UK quits the bloc in March 2019.
One of the most controversial proposals would compel every household in the country to have four separate recycling bins in order to hit EU targets.
Another could force people to insure all-off road vehicles including tractors, golf buggies and mobility scooters.
Government insiders said Theresa May and her EU Exit Secretary David Davis were seeking to set up an arbitration mechanism so that any new EU laws introduced after Britain has left the bloc’s decision-making process are not imposed without discussion.
We would have no say at all over some laws
But anti-Brussels campaigners last night insisted Britain should not be forced to accept the laws without a veto after Brexit.
Senior Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg, chairman of the 60-strong European Reform Group of Euro-sceptic Conservative backbenchers, said: “The range and extent of these laws covers almost everyone in the country one way or another and we would have no say at all over some laws that we could now veto.
“The chance for a vengeful EU to cause regulatory damage to us may be too great for them to resist.
“The Government needs to be strong in refusing to accept new laws once we have left.”
Jacob Rees-Mogg said the Government needs to be strong in refusing to accept new laws
Peter Bone, another senior Tory MP, urged the Government to stick to its pledge of ensuring new laws are not introduced without Britain getting a say.
He said: “What we shouldn’t do is give the EU carte blanche to pass any new laws they want – that would be ridiculous.”
Downing Street officials played down the prospect of laws being passed during the implementation period.
The pointed out that the EU decision-making process is so slow that only directives that were in the pipeline when Britain was a member of the bloc and able to contribute to the debate were likely to come into force after Brexit.
The Prime Minister’s spokesman said: “The nature of the way the way EU directive and regulations are produced means those which are likely to come into force during the implementation period are being discussed now while we are in the room and can make any concerns known and help to shape those directives.
“Separately, David Davis has been clear that we will need an arrangement to be able to raise any concerns we have about the directives which may be introduced during the implementation period and to make sure those issues are properly discussed.”
But the leak is likely to fuel tensions among Tory MPs over the expected period of adjustment after the formal Brexit date on March 29 2019.
Some Euro-sceptic Tories have warned that Britain is at risk of being turned into a “vassal state” during the period, forced to accept laws drawn up without its say.
Senior EU figures including the European Parliament’s Brexit co-ordinator Guy Verhofstadt have described the acceptance of Brussels law during the implementation phase as “not negotiable”.
The issue is expected to be discussed at a crunch meeting of the Cabinet’s Brexit sub-committee Wednesday and Thursday.
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Within the Cabinet, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has led calls for Britain to refuse to accept any more EU rules once the country quits the bloc.
Other possible regulations that could come into force during the transition were understood to include an Energy Efficiency Directive obliging countries to begin improving energy efficiency towards a target of 30 per cent savings by 2030.
Ministers have warned Britain could be “unfairly penalised” by the measure.
Another directive will give EU watchdogs new powers to oversee financial activity including City of London transactions.
Limits on the use of phosphate fertilisers in agriculture are also being proposed in a move that has angered farming groups in the UK.
Boris Johnson has led calls for Britain to refuse to accept any more EU rules once the country quits
And a new European Solidarity Corps, to mobilise people aged between 18 and 30 to join volunteering schemes across the continent, is also expected to be set up.
The scheme is a pet project of European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.
But the most contentious proposal is likely to be a new Waste Framework Directive, which could require Britain to increase recycling levels from 44 per cent to 70 per cent.
Ministers insist the the target is not “feasible” without separate bins for food waste, garden waste and recycling for all households.
The Whitehall report was reported to have warned that the waste directive has a “high likelihood of materialising”.