Jacob Rees-Mogg has said that the controversy around Boris Johnson and his divorce will not affect the Brexit cause, after the Economists for Free Trade event at Parliament.
Mr Rees-Mogg told talkRADIO’s Ross Kempsell: “It does not affect it. I think the society at large does not consider people’s private life as a matter of concern to the nation.
“I think they are concerned about this most important economic, political and constitutional issue which is of overwhelming significance.
“Dare I say Mr Johnson will not be the first or the last politician to have issues with his marriage.
“It is not for me to approve or disapprove of how people lead their lives it is not for me to judge.
“I don’t judge people for how they live their lives because that is a matter for them and I hope in return they won’t judge me.
“There may be aspects of our life that they don’t agree of like double-breasted suits which some people consider a terrible eventuality.”
Boris Johnson released a joint statement with his wife Marina Wheeler saying that they had separated and in the process of getting a divorce.
Mr Johnson and Ms Wheeler had been married for 25 years.
‘Back to her original position’
Mr Rees-Mogg also added that he was not challenging the Prime Minister but “trying to get her back to her original position” on Brexit.
He said: “This where she was in her Lancaster House speech where she clearly said we shouldn’t be half in, half out the European Union.
“Chequers does put us half in, half out. I think this is actually just trying to get the Prime Minister back to her original position from which for some reason she has wandered away.”
He added: “What we are proposing today is a fallback position that it is possible to get a deal. The EU has offered a deal, the best free trade deal it has ever done with any country.
“No tariffs and no quotas and that I think is something worth having.
“This strengthens the negotiating hand because we can go into the negotiations confident that if we leave on world trade terms we will actually do extremely well.
“It is positive rather than negative. It is better leaving on a world trade deal than it is to remain in the European Union.”