The Conservative Party’s leading Brexit campaigner David Davis, looks set for a return to the cabinet as deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab is being pushed towards resignation over allegations that he bulied his civil servants. This would be another big setback for Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and force him into major reshuffle of his front line team.
Even MPs who have been sympathetic to Raab and dismiss the complaints as the whining of lazy buggers who can’t accept they need a kick up the arse to get them moving are now acknowledging he’ll have to leave the government. He faces a slew of anonymous complaints. “The mandarins have got Dom,” says a Tory adviser.
One minister welcomed the news, saying: “The government needs some more grey hair, some more experience. Bringing back DD would help and the word is it is being considered by Number 10. Davis is loyal to Sunak but has been in the right over the EU laws bill.“
The Bill is the culmination of government plans to repeal thousands of pieces of legacy law from the EU era by the end of the year. Sunak has shafted himself with this, having pursued the policy to applease hardline Brexiteers even though the legislation is impractical.
Davis, though a Brexiteer from long before David Cameron announced there would be an in – out referendum, actually opposes the bill on grounds of practicality. He has tried to amend the legislation to ensure that the laws affected should at least be read by lawyers (and FFS there are enough of them in parliament,) and consider the implications of scrapping them for business and citizens. If the point of Brexit was to return legislative control to parliament, Davis contends, then the Commons and Lords should carefully go through legislative changes even if it takes years. Enough harm has been done to British business by simplistic headline grabbing in the years since the referendum.
The FT reported this week that the plan to scrap these EU laws in one go, giving the executive even more power, is becoming bogged down in complexity.
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