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Prime minister Rishi Sunak has refused to rule out a change to the legislation – and this is now an election issue

Less than three months ago on a visit to his Vauxhall van factory in Luton, Stellantis chief Carlos Tavares urged government legislators to set stable regulations for the automotive industry and not add “confusion to chaos” with constant flip-flopping. 

It’s those words that have been ringing in my ear with the government’s will-they-won’t-they indecision over the 2030 ban on the sale of internal-combustion-engined cars, which  has emerged in the fallout of the Conservatives’ surprise byelection win in Boris Johnson’s old Uxbridge and South Ruislip constituency.

That win was seen as a revolt against plans from London’s Labour mayor Sadiq Khan to expand the ULEZ zone, which probably conflates two similar but still distinct issues, yet the inference taken and message delivered by Tory heavyweights has been clear.

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