Boris Johnson inflames Tory rage by breaking THREE key promises in the aftermath of the EU referendum.
BORIS JOHNSON has infuriated Conservatives by appearing to break three Brexit pledges as his hold on the country appears to be slipping.
As part of his Brexit referendum campaign in 2016, the Prime Minister stated that the EU’s VAT on energy bills could be lifted in the United Kingdom.
Mr Johnson, on the other hand, is refusing to repeal the rule, which was first enacted by the bloc in 1993.
It comes as energy prices in the UK are expected to soar, raising fears that the energy price cap will have to be raised to £2,000 in April.
This is the lowest tariff that an energy provider can charge a customer.
Consumer costs have been rising as well, with about 15 million households seeing an 11 percent increase in their energy bills in October.
A group of 20 Conservatives has written to Johnson, urging him to scrap the tax on energy bills that consumers must pay, claiming that it is causing Britain’s prices to rise “faster than any other competitive country.”
Energy bills are currently subject to a 5% VAT.
Mr Johnson, on the other hand, ignored the calls from his own party members.
Despite claiming that Britain now has “freedom to regulate our own VAT” since leaving the EU, he did so.
“The argument is that it’s a blunt instrument, and the difficulty is that you end up cutting bills for a lot of people who perhaps don’t need the support in quite the direct way that we need to give it,” he said during a televised press conference at Downing Street.
We must assist those who are most affected by fuel poverty.”
However, this isn’t the first time the Prime Minister has seemed to abandon a Brexit promise in recent months.
Another Brexit pledge was abandoned when Chancellor Rishi Sunak unveiled the autumn budget in October.
The Chancellor announced that the UK will “maintain” its goal of spending £22 billion on research and development (Randamp;D) per year.
The government did make a pledge after Brexit to increase R&D spending to £22 billion.
However, it stated that it would do so by 20242025.
Mr Sunak’s announcement, on the other hand, revealed that Britain would not meet this goal until at least 20262027.
“We will keep our target of £22 billion in R&D investment,” Mr Sunak said.
“In order to get there, we’ll have to.
“Brinkwire News Summary.”