The Government’s pledge to remove most EU-derived laws by the end of the year faces a roadblock in the House of Lords.
Rishi Sunak has been warned he is enjoying the “calm before the storm” as his plan to secure “Brexit freedoms” looks set to be watered down.
Other Tories are already looking to amend promised new laws to tackle the issue of small boats crossing the Channel, with some looking to surpass the European Court of Human Rights’ influence.
Allies of former prime ministers Boris Johnson and Liz Truss are among the group already questioning Sunak’s direction, with some warning in private that he must show significant progress by spring in order to avoid internal revolt, The Guardian reports.
Tory MPs are increasingly concerned about support for the Reform Party and many are focusing on a pledge to remove most EU laws from the statute book from the end of the year as a result.
Rumours have persisted that the retained EU law bill will end up being watered down, with officials arguing it is a potentially dangerous exercise.
Jacob Rees-Mogg has warned against 'EU levels of over-regulation'. Yui Mok
Jacob Rees-Mogg told the Observer: “The mandate from voters in 2018 was to ‘get Brexit done’ and to begin to harvest the fruits of independence.
“Leaving EU levels of over-regulation on our statute book dos not do this so lets down electors.”
Former Brexit minister David Jones warned that prime minister that his authority “rests upon it being completed successfully”, saying the “future of the Conservative Party” was at stake.
Several Tories believe the issue of small boats and Brexit are likely to cause problems before May’s local elections.
A former cabinet minister told the Guardian: “Sunak’s got to take risks, but it is not in his nature and he has a risk-averse chancellor.
“You get to May and a bad election result, then get the 2019 ‘red wall’ intake seriously concerned about their seats.
“That’s when it’s all going to kick off. It really is the calm before the storm at the moment.”