Jacob Rees-Mogg has backed Boris Johnson's criticism of the EU, as the bloc prepares to release a draft 'divorce treaty' warning that Northern Ireland must remain in the customs union to avoid a hard border.
Johnson has accused the EU of weaponising the Irish border to force Britain into accepting the customs union and so frustrate Brexit. Rees-Mogg told talkRADIO the foreign secretary was "absolutely right" to take this stance, adding that the EU's comments are "just troublemaking."
Speaking to Julia Hartley-Brewer, Rees-Mogg said the EU was trying to "split up the country simply for the pleasure of [Michel] Barnier."
Brussels' long-term goal, he added, wants to turn Britain into a"vassal state" and a "colony", but the reality is that "they need our money" and we should remind the EU of this at every possible opportunity.
Turning to the practicalities of the EU's hard border warning, Rees-Mogg said there is already a border in Ireland, so we shouldn't get too upset or perturbed about the EU's tactics.
Rees-Mogg was one of over 60 Tory MPs who recently signed a letter to Theresa May, urging the Prime Minister to stick to the tenets of a hard Brexit.
Some have interpreted the letter as a thinly veiled threat, but Rees-Mogg said it was no such thing, telling Julia that the letter was simply "following Government policy" and May would have been "thrilled" to receive it.