Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has been warned that if he fails to deliver on a promise to repeal thousands of EU laws, the Conservative Party’s future is jeopardised.
Former Brexit Minister David Jones urged the Prime Minister to act, amid concerns that plans to remove 4,000 pieces of EU legislation from UK statute books by December would be scrapped.
“The Prime Minister’s authority is contingent on this being completed,” Mr Jones warned. The Conservative Party’s future is also at stake.”
Ministers have pledged to “sunset” Brussels laws by December of this year through the Retained EU Law Bill, which is currently being debated in Parliament.
Recommendations of a climbdown have been denied by Number 10, but some Whitehall officials are pushing for the deadline to be extended to 2026.
The Government also anticipates strong opposition in the Lords, which will begin debating the Bill next month.