Annunziata Rees-Mogg: No Brexit will 'irreparably damage democracy'

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Britain must leave the EU deal or no deal or risk leaving the nation's democracy “irreparably damaged”, according to Annunziata Rees-Mogg.

The Brexit Party MEP - who is backing Boris Johnson in the leadership race - told talkRADIO’s Mike Graham that the next Prime Minister had a "moral obligation" to deliver Brexit on October 31.

“Boris Johnson has a moral obligation to listen to our voters, not to his colleagues within Parliament. The balance of power in our democracy is with the electors not with the representatives,” she said.

“Whether we leave with or without a deal we’ve got to go.”

Both Mr Johnson and rival Jeremy Hunt have said they would prefer to leave with a deal, but Ms Rees-Mogg said a no-deal Brexit can deliver “great benefits”.

"Not least not paying the supposed bill for leaving – that’s easy money,” she explained.

“Also the freedom to start trading with other countries and setting up proper deals and exploring the rest of the world, not being stuck with the lethargic economies of the European Union.”

The newly elected MEP has only spent a few weeks at the European Parliament, but said she is already looking towards a general election should Britain fail to deliver Brexit.

“There will have to be a general election and we are ready to fight that. Really bring it on and we are looking forward to that fight,” she said.

“We’ll be fighting this corner but we’ll also be fighting the Westminster parliamentary corner and making sure that British people are heard on both sides of the debate.”

Both Mr Hunt and Mr Johnson categorically ruled out calling a general election if their Brexit plans fail to pass through Parliament during a head-to-head debate this week.

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