Jacob Rees-Mogg has given his support to Theresa May for the Prime Minister to deliver on the Brexit promised in the Conservative Party manifesto.
The MP for North East Somerset recently wrote an article in The Telegraph warning Mrs May that she faced the government’s collapse if she didn’t deliver on the promise to deliver the Brexit put forward in the General Election last year.
Talking to Julia Hartley-Brewer on talkRADIO Mr Rees-Mogg said that he didn’t threaten the Prime Minister saying he “was supporting the Prime Minister into fulfilling the promises made in the Conservative Party manifesto.”
He said: “It’s slightly eccentric of some minister to object to this. The Conservative party put forward a platform to the electorate a year ago and it should deliver on it and that’s; coming out of the customs union, out of the single market and out of the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice.
“This should not be softened at the edges and I support her.”
Reports have suggested deep splits within the cabinet on a Brexit deal that is best for Britain, with the Prime Minister now expected to announce a third customs union model on Friday.
“I think the Prime Minister will do what she said, but some members of the cabinet are consistently briefing against her. Collective responsibility doesn’t seem to be operating in the usual way and that is concerning. So, what I was writing to do was support the Prime Minister.”
Business Secretary, and cabinet minister, Greg Clark is one who has been sceptical of a hard Brexit. He recently came out in the defence of Airbus, after the airline company warned it could pull out of the UK in the event of a no deal Brexit.
Mr Rees-Mogg added: “We know that Greg Clark has been making speeches saying essentially we should remain in the single market and the customs union, and we know the Treasury has been consistently trying it’s best to frustrate Brexit.”
Theresa May will assemble key cabinet ministers on Friday at Chequers, her country retreat, to discuss a new customs model and firm up the final Brexit deal.
“It’s very unclear what is going to happen on Friday at Chequers, but the key for me is that the government should do what it said it would do. When politicians promise things to voters, politicians have a duty to deliver on them, we were very very clear in the manifesto and nothing that happens at chequers should undermine that,” he added.