Blog: Sunak urged to press ahead with ‘Brexit bonfire’ as voters do not back PM on EU issues – Express

A majority of voters don’t believe the Government is moving fast enough to make the most of Brexit, a new poll has shown. Meanwhile, Conservative MP Marco Longhi warned Rishi Sunak the “clock is ticking” for him to take action to make the most of Brexit. He warned the Government has not “delivered on the benefits of Brexit”, and urged him to make a “bonfire of EU laws”.

A poll conducted by Techne UK for Express.co.uk showed that 52 percent of people don’t think Mr Sunak’s Government is moving fast enough to implement the benefits of Brexit.

Just 32 percent believe the Government is moving quickly enough, while 16 percent said they don’t know.

Of those who voted to leave the EU in 2016, 29 percent said the Government is not moving fast enough on Brexit, while 41 percent said it is.

Among Remain voters, the proportion of those who believe the Government is not moving quickly enough was much higher, with 61 percent thinking they should go faster to reap the benefits.

Just 26 percent of 2016 Remain voters think the Government is moving fast enough.

The survey spoke to 1,629 people on November 17.

Mr Longhi, a member of the Common Sense Group of Tory MPs, warned the people of the UK will “judge” the Conservative party based on its ability to deliver on Brexit.

He said: “What we absolutely must do is to deliver on the benefits of Brexit.

“Huge swathes of this country voted for this Government because it believed in Brexit and we haven’t delivered on the benefits of Brexit.

“So whether it be making a bonfire of EU laws, whether it be NI, whether it be trade barriers or controlling our borders, this is what the people of this country will judge us by.

“Fiscal policy will come and go, the number of people paying tax can change year to year, but what cannot change is our promise to the people of this country under Brexit. The clock is ticking.”

Earlier this month, Downing Street confirmed a bonfire of EU law retained after Brexit is set to go ahead by the 2023 deadline.

This came after fears the deadline could be pushed back following the discovery of 1,400 extra pieces of legislation on top of the 2,400 already known about.

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The Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill paves the way for Brussels legislation still on the UK statute book to be repealed by the end of 2023.

But there have been question marks over whether the mammoth bureaucratic task would be completed on time.

And fresh doubts were raised yesterday after reports that ministers working with the National Archives found an additional 1,400 EU laws, which takes the total to 3,800.

Grant Shapps, who took over from Jacob Rees-Mogg as Business Secretary after Rishi Sunak became PM, is said to be keen to slow down the review due to the feasibility of sifting through the legislation in just over a year.

An ally told the Financial Times: “We will slow things down to a sane pace.”

The Bill is in its Committee Stage in the Commons and could be amended to as late as 2026.

But Conservative Brexiteers have urged the Government to press on with the timetable.

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