Jacob Rees-Mogg calls for 'British-style revolution' as he outlines public 'dashboard' to reform 2,400 EU laws
Jacob Rees-Mogg has revealed a new public "dashboard" as a means to reform more than 2,400 EU rules still impacting the UK way of life post-Brexit
Mr Rees-Mogg said a dashboard will be made available to the public to show on a quarterly basis how much EU law has been reformed, saying it will usher in a “British-style revolution”.
The Cabinet Office minister is inviting the public “from across the country” to “once again share their ideas of reform and to look further into pieces of retained EU law that have an impact on their lives”.
The outspoken Brexiteer referred to Prime Minister Boris Johnson's previous commitment to making the outcome of Lord Frost’s review into Brexit opportunities and retained EU law available to the public.
He said: "The publication of this dashboard will mark a pivotal step towards reforming our statute book and those 2,400 pieces of retained EU legislation ahead of introducing the Brexit Freedoms Bill."
Mr Rees-Mogg added: “Undoing this vandalism to our constitutional order policy area by policy area would dominate the legislative agenda for parliaments to come… The Brexit Freedoms Bill will create a targeted power to allow retained EU law to be amended in a more sustainable way and goes with the grain of the British constitution.”
The 53-year-old described the dashboard as the "supply side reformers' El Dorado".
He said: “With inflation running high we need to search everywhere and under every stone and sofa cushion for supply side reforms that make products and services cheaper, make things easier for business and ultimately grow the economy and cut the cost of living.
“This dashboard therefore is the supply side reformers’ El Dorado and naturally I am pointing to the treasure trove of opportunity this publication represents.
"It highlights unnecessary and disproportionate EU regulations on consumer goods such as those regulating the power of vacuum cleaners, why should that trouble Her Majesty’s Government?”
Mr Rees-Mogg added: “We will continue working with departments to cut at least a billion pounds of business costs from EU red tape, to ensure greater freedoms and productivity.
“Ensuring we have the right regulation is crucial, excessive and unnecessary regulations which burden business or distort market outcomes, reduce productivity, pushing up prices and negatively affecting everyone’s cost of living.”
Labour hit back by saying gimmicks do nothing to address the “real challenges” that the public face today.
Shadow Foreign Office minister Stephen Doughty told MPs: “This simply appears to be a vanity project. It’s quite extraordinary that on the day that inflation tops nine percent, the cost of energy is soaring, families facing massive pressures wondering how they will put food on the table, prices rising at the fastest rate of increase for 40 years, the Government’s offer today to the British people is a digital filing cabinet of existing legislation, which the gentleman describes, in his own words, as marginal.
“And while the Government plans to cut 20 percent of civil servants, the minister for so-called government efficiency is running his own make-work scheme in the Cabinet Office, creating tasks for them to satisfy his own obsessions.”