Boris Johnson takes swipe at Rishi Sunak’s U-turn on cutting VAT on energy bills

by 24britishtvJuly 29, 2022, 8 p.m. 20
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BORIS Johnson ridiculed Rishi Sunak's U-turn on tax cuts in a swipe at his chief mutineer on Thursday. The outgoing PM implied his former Chancellor had refused to scrap VAT on energy bills while in government only to totally reverse his position now he was running for leader. In a veiled dig during a speech he joked that the next leader would bin the levy - which "turns out to be easier than we thought". Mr Sunak's sudden pledge to junk the 20 per cent charge raised eyebrows as his central campaign theme has been to trash Liz Truss' tax-cutting spree as foolish. And as Chancellor he swatted away desperate calls to waive VAT on gas and electricity to help Brits with crippling bill hikes. Justifying his pledge, Mr Sunak told the Conservative Home website: "There’s a big difference between things that by their nature are deliberately temporary, and designed to deal with a particular problem at a moment in time, and things that are structural." Jacob Rees-Mogg, who supports Ms Truss, today insisted that he and the PM argued in Cabinet for scrapping the VAT but were shot down by Mr Sunak. Continue reading Boris Johnson takes swipe at Rishi Sunak’s U-turn on cutting VAT on energy bills https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/politics/19350786/boris-johnson-takes-swipe-at-rishi-sunak/ The Sun newspaper brings you the latest breaking news videos and explainers from the UK and around the world Become a Sun Subscriber and hit the bell to be the first to know Read The Sun: http://www.thesun.co.uk Like The Sun on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thesun/ Follow The Sun on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheSun Subscribe to The Sun on Snapchat: https://www.snapchat.com/discover/The_Sun/1633225139

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