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UK PM race: Rishi Sunak leads poll, pitches Tory Brexiteers
By Tasso Konia
The leading candidate for the position of Prime Minister of the United Kingdom has stated that he wants to use the opportunity presented by breaking free from the "shackles" of European Union regulation.
Former Chancellor Rishi Sunak stated in the Telegraph that if elected to lead the Conservative Party, he will have "scrapped or reformed all of the EU law, red tape, and bureaucracy that is still on our statute book and slowing economic growth" in time for the next election.
Sunak has received backing from moderate MPs so far in the leadership race, while opponents accuse him of championing high-spend, high-tax policies.
In a pitch to the right wing of the party, he said he’d task a new “Brexit delivery” department with reviewing 2,400 EU laws still on the statute book, scrap the EU’s Solvency II rules to incentivise investment, replace the bloc’s data privacy regulations and speed up medical trial approvals.
Sunak must defeat other leadership contenders such as Penny Mordaunt and Liz Truss to become premier.
The next Conservative leadership vote will take place on Monday afternoon. By Wednesday, the field will have been reduced to two contenders who will compete in a poll of party members.
According to the results of a new opinion survey released on Sunday, over half of Conservative Party voters in the United Kingdom feel Rishi Sunak would make a good Prime Minister.
According to 'The Sunday Telegraph,' a JL Partners survey of over 4,400 people found that % of those who backed the Tories in the 2019 general election thought the former Chancellor would be a good prime minister.
This is also the first poll to put foreign secretary Liz Truss in second place, with 39% backing her for prime minister and 33% backing trade minister Penny Mordaunt.
The most popular policy priority among all voters was to "turn the economy around."