Get on with the job! Sunaks Brexit swipe at Rees-Mogg with 100 day plan to axe EU laws

Rishi Sunak promises new Brexit delivery department

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The Tory leadership candidate announced his plans on Twitter in a move which sources close to him confirmed was also a dig at Jacob Rees-Mogg, a key supporter of his Tory leadership rival. Mr Rees-Mogg has been the Minister for Brexit Opportunities with the task of getting rid of EU red tape, but supporters of Mr Sunak have asked why he still has not achieved that.

The former chancellor announced his new policy in a Tweet this morning in a move designed to “keep Brexit safe”.

The slogan comes from fears that a Rejoiner alliance of Labour, the Lib Dems and SNP will try to reverse Brexit if they can win a majority collectively between them in a future election.

Mr Sunak believes that the only way to ensure they are stopped from trying to reverse Brexit is to get rid of EU rules and take the UK on an independent, more prosperous path.

Posting a video with an office worker using a shredder (above), he said: “I would task a new Brexit delivery department with reviewing all of the remaining EU laws on our statute book – with the first set of recommendations published within my first 100 days.”

The move comes amid claims by some supporters of Ms Truss that Mr Sunak is a “Brexiteer in name only” (BRINO), despite the fact he supported Leave in 2016 and she backed Remain.

Mr Sunak has regularly pointed out that he put his career at risk to support Leave and has not wavered in backing Britain being out of the EU.

And a source close to him said that while the policy announced looked like something that Mr Rees-Mogg had already been tasked to do, the Brexit Opportunities Minister had yet to achieve any deregulation.

The source noted: “What regulations has JRM scrapped or reviewed yet?

“Rishi has done the most in the Government in financial services in terms of reviewing and reforming EU regulations.”

Before the summer Mr Rees-Mogg published a dashboard of EU regulations online as part of a consultation with the public to find out which ones should be brought into British law and which ones scrapped altogether.

He is also set to publish a Brexit freedoms bill which the next Prime Minister will take forward.

But the source close to Mr Sunak said that the process needed to be sped up which is why he is promising to do it in the first 100 days.

“It is getting on with it as opposed to just talking about it.”

Members of the influential European Research Group (ERG) of Tory Brexiteer MPs have not been persuaded though.

After initially splitting over whether to back Ms Truss or Attorney General Suella Braverman they have fallen in behind the Foreign Secretary’s push to become Tory leader and Prime Minister.

Despite this, a poll last week of 807 Tory members by Techne UK showed that they trusted Mr Sunak more on delivering Brexit by nine points – 51 percent to 41 percent.

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Mr Sunak told Express.co.uk: “In 2016 I took a big risk. I went with my heart and voted for Brexit. I did that because I believed that we could do things differently as a sovereign nation – taking back control of our borders and our waters as well as removing unnecessary regulations to free up our economy.

“Brexit was also about changing our mindset. It wasn’t just about what we couldn’t do, but about what we didn’t do. I felt that we would be able to create a brighter future and as Chancellor, I already began to deliver on that.

“Whether it is setting up freeports that are creating new jobs and opportunities across the country, removing and improving regulation of our financial services sector to help it thrive not just survive or cracking down on illegal immigration to stop the scourge of the small boats crisis.

“As Prime Minister, I will double down on capitalising on the benefits of Brexit. I backed it, believed in it and have delivered on it and Express readers can trust to keep on delivering.”

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