3 OCTOBER 2022


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Article from BTNews 3 OCTOBER 2022

Jacob Rees-Mogg

Once described by a commentator as ‘the minister for the 18th century’ Jacob Rees-Mogg, MP for North East Somerset, is the new Minister of State for Brexit Opportunities and Government Efficiency in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

In simple language this makes the Minister, an unlikely user of nearby Bristol Airport for a family package holiday, which are included in his new job. His TV persona would seem to indicate he probably has little or no comprehension of what they are all about.

To Rees-Mogg’s credit his new department began a review of the UK regulations last year, he lobbied on behalf of the UK Tourism Alliance for UK packages to be excluded from the regulations altogether, an outcome that many – including what is now his own department – objected to.

What happens next is far from clear. The Package Travel Regulations confuses everyone concerning the right to cancel and obtain a refund.  If Rees-Mogg can sort that one out he would have done a grand job.  Will he speak to the ABTA Conference on the subject?


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