Boris Johnson sets up two task forces to kickstart the economy after lockdown

BORIS Johnson has set up two task forces to kickstart the economy after lockdown.

The PM will chair the National Economic Recovery Team alongside Chancellor Rishi Sunak and other Cabinet ministers.

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NERT’s job will be to devise an action plan to be launched as soon as the main phase of vaccinations is complete.

The plan will be unveiled by Mr Johnson in the summer or early autumn.

A second task force, TIGER, will explore ways of taking advantage of our new-found regulatory freedoms on the first anniversary of Brexit.

The Taskforce for Innovation and Growth through Regulatory Reform will be chaired by ex-Tory leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith alongside MPs George Freeman and Theresa Villiers.


Mr Johson said: “Sunday marks a year since we left the EU.

“It’s not been the year that we – or anyone else – expected, but it did not deter us from securing a brilliant deal on our future relationship with the EU and preparing intensively for a new beginning in our country’s history.

“The destiny of this great nation now resides firmly in our hands. I take on this duty with a sense of purpose and with the interests of the British public at the heart of everything this Government does.

“That’s why we will look to take advantage of our newfound freedoms over our laws and regulations to create the best environment for business to flourish, whilst always maintaining our high standards.

“We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to refresh our approach and I’ve asked fellow MPs to embark on this mission to identify opportunities and think more inventively about how we boost growth, innovation and competition in the UK.”

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