Jacob Rees-Mogg backs Theresa May and brands Philip Hammond Brexit rebellion 'problematic'

Rees-Mogg branded Philip Hammond 'disruptive' and 'a Remoaner'

Jacob Rees-Mogg gave his views on Theresa May's latest crisis this morning

Monday, January 29, 2018

Jacob Rees-Mogg has told talkRADIO he believes Theresa May can survive as Prime Minister, despite the reports of her imminent defenestration.

May is facing extreme pressure to clarify the type of Brexit deal Britain wants, with MPs on both sides ready to unseat her. There is also fresh disunity in her cabinet, with hard-line Brexiteers demanding the Prime Minister give Philip Hammond a final warning over his repeated deviations from her officials.

Asked whether May can survive, Rees-Mogg replied "of course she can," adding that, while the majority May commands is small, it should nonetheless ensure she wins a vote of confidence.

He also suggested that, despite the appearance of disunity, "the majority of MPs want her to stay and continue the job she's doing."

Rees-Mogg also branded Philip Hammond "problematic", likening the tension between the Chancellor and Prime Minister to the disagreements between Tony Blair and Gordon Brown under New Labour.

However he says May is obliged to retain a "coalition of support" within her Cabinet and this is why she will retain Hammond at 11 Downing Street.

Turning to his own vision for Brexit, Rees-Mogg says he is concerned that Britain will remain locked in the customs union, with high regulatory alignment with the single market. This would mean Britain is a "rule-taker" and would negate the full benefits of leaving the EU.

The latest odds from Ladbrokes put Rees-Mogg at 5/1 to be the next Prime Minister - the same odds given to Jeremy Corbyn.

However Rees-Mogg rubbished this speculation, saying "I wouldn't put money on either of us."

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