Brexit Opportunities minister scrapped as Truss seeks new approach to ripping up EU rules

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The new Prime Minister ditched the role previously held by Jacob Rees-Mogg when she appointed him as Business Secretary.

Boris Johnson created the role in February this year in a bid to help make the most of the advantages offered outside of the EU.

Tory MPs were left frustrated by a lack of progress made by the North East Somerset MP while it was his brief. Backbenchers had hoped the creation of the position would help showcase the benefits of leaving the trade bloc more quickly.

Instead, Ms Truss intends for all ministers in her Government to be responsible for considering areas where EU rules could be scrapped to help reduce bureaucracy and boost the UK’s competitiveness.

Mr Rees-Mogg will continue to play a key role in his position at the Business Department.

“You’ll expect those to be taken forward across departments,” the Prime Minister’s official spokesman said in regards to the responsibilities previously held by the Brexit Opportunities Minister.

“It’s certainly something that the Business Secretary will be looking closely at.”

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