As tensions between the minister and Conservative backbenchers intensified, a senior Brexiteer alleged Kemi Badenoch does not want to remove anything “substantial” in the Government’s “bonfire” of EU-era laws.
Sir John Redwood, a former Cabinet minister, criticized the Business and Trade Secretary after the Government abandoned its pledge to eliminate thousands of regulations by the end of the year.
In a U-turn that has prompted a furious backlash from Tory Euroskeptics, 600 laws will now be repealed instead of the 4,000 that had been initially promised.
One of Brexit’s leading proponents has criticized Kemi Badenoch for her stance on repealing EU regulations.
Sir John stated to TalkTV, “I don’t believe [Ms. Badenoch] wishes to dispose of any physical items. The majority of the items on her list in the proposed amendment do not apply to the United Kingdom, have expired, or were intended for a specific purpose that no longer exists.
“We want some decent things that will make life better by eliminating unnecessary costs, regulations, and taxation.”
His remarks followed Ms. Badenoch’s characterization of her Tory detractors on the issue as “talkers but not doers.”