Brexit: Rishi Sunak broke his word over EU laws, says Jacob Rees-Mogg

Former Conservative minister Jacob Rees-Mogg has accused Rishi Sunak of breaking his word after the government ditched plans to allow thousands of EU-era laws to expire by the end of 2023.

Defending the move, Business Secretary Kemi Badenoch said the strict deadline had created “legal uncertainty”.

She also argued that the race to get rid of the rules before 2024 was preventing “meaningful reform”.

But Mr Rees-Mogg said the deadline would “make Whitehall work”.

Speaking to the BBC’s Today programme, he said: “It is hard enough to motivate Whitehall at the best of times – they are not necessarily coming into the office, they don’t seem to be working with the efficiency one would like.

“Without a deadline, nothing will happen and we will retain these EU laws for a long time.”

He also said getting rid of the laws would help make the UK’s economy more competitive and reduce inflation. Of the PM, he said: “He has broken his word. This is very serious in my view”.

Dave Penman, the…

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