'Best form of flattery!' Rishi Sunak slams Liz Truss for 'copy and pasting' his policies


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Mr Sunak took aim at Ms Truss over a plethora of announcements made by the Foreign Secretary during the race to replace Boris Johnson as Conservative Party leader and Prime Minister. The former Chancellor challenged Ms Truss’ plan to introduce “full-fat freeport sites”, review the levelling-up funding formula, ensure transport links are better integrated, cut EU regulations and scrap Soviet-style Whitehall housing targets.

Mr Sunak’s campaign team claim the proposals have either been ripped from the former Chancellor or regurgitated by Ms Truss.

A Ready for Rishi campaign spokesman said: “Not only are Team Truss copy and pasting policies put in place by Rishi himself, but they are also re-announcing two-year-old Government policies.

“Imitation is the best form of flattery, as the saying goes.”

Ms Truss’ plan to introduce “full-fat freeports” on brownfield sites, which she claimed will axe “excessive” levels of existing red tape, has been criticised as a “copy and paste” of the work already done by the Brexit-backing former Chancellor.

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Mr Sunak has been considered a prominent supporter of freeports since he penned a report for the Centre for Policy Studies about how they could be used following the 2016 Brexit referendum.

Critics have argued the UK was able to create freeports while in the European Union but experts suggest Britain has more freedom over the flexibilities and tax concessions it can offer since severing ties with the Brussels bloc.

Mr Sunak also flexed his Brexiteer credentials by lambasting Ms Truss’ proposals to scrap EU regulations.

The Foreign Secretary, who campaigned for the UK to remain in the EU before claiming she would now vote to leave the bloc, revealed she would introduce a so-called “sunset clause” on EU-derived legislation if she wins to race to Number 10.

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