Rishi Sunak’s “bonfire” of EU laws will be delayed by six months under plans being considered by ministers.
The prime minister had pledged to scrap, amend or retain all EU-derived laws on Britain’s statute books by the end of the year. However, officials are struggling to cope with the scale of the task given that 4,000 laws are potentially affected.
There are concerns that mistakes could be made with far-reaching consequences in any continued attempt to hit the December 31 deadline. No 10 is said to be weighing up a six-month extension, meaning the pledge would still be fulfilled before the next election, which must take place before January 2025.
The policy now falls under Kemi Badenoch, the business and trade secretary. A Whitehall