Jacob Rees-Mogg: 'I'd like everyone to agree with me on Brexit for Christmas'

Jacob Rees-Mogg: 'I'd like everyone to agree with me on Brexit for Christmas'

Friday, December 21, 2018

Jacob Rees-Mogg took a break from talking about Brexit to spill the beans on what Christmas is like in the Rees-Mogg abode.

Speaking to Julia Hartley-Brewer on the talkRADIO breakfast show, Mr Rees-Mogg said that, although the Tory party was still divided over Brexit, he was looking forward to a lively Christmas with his wife Helena and children Peter, 11, Mary Anne, 10, Thomas, eight, Anselm, six, Alfred, two, and Sixtus, one.

“It’s a fairly traditional christmas. Loads of children, which is the fun of Christmas,” he said. “As you know, I’ve got six children, who are in an enormous degree of excitement.

“They want to find out what their presents are going to be, they’re taking boxes and shaking them. The excitement is building at a fever pitch.

“They’ll get a stocking on Christmas morning, they’ll then open the presents before lunch, and we’ll then have lunch before settling down to the Queen’s speech.

“Before you worry that I haven’t mentioned church, we go to mass on Christmas Eve. We take the children to an early midnight service, then I often go to midnight myself later.”


Politics chat

As for the conversation over dinner, Mr Rees-Mogg said it was likely to turn political.

“When you’re around the Christmas table, do you talk politics? Is Brexit likely to crop up?” asked Hartley-Brewer.

“You’ve known me quite a long time. Have I ever had any other conversations about politics? What on earth would I be talking about if I wasn’t talking about politics?” he said.

Entertainment would come in the form of a James Bond film if Mr Rees-Mogg was in charge of the TV remote, or Peppa Pig if the kids get their way.


Hard Brexit, but no hard sprouts

Surprisingly for an ardent Eurosceptic, Mr Rees-Mogg said he’s a fan of Brussels sprouts - as long as they’re not too hard (unlike Brexit, some might say).

“I like Brussels sprouts. I’m not a great vegetable eater, I’m more meat and potatoes, but Brussels sprouts are one of the few vegetables I actually like,” he said.

“They’re not easily cooked, sometimes they’re solid like bullets, and I like them cooked a bit softer than that.”

“And what are you hoping for for Christmas?” asked Hartley-Brewer.
“There’s a lovely story about the British Ambassador to Washington, and if he’s asked what he wants he says a small box of glace fruits, when the French and German ambassadors have asked for world peace,” said Mr Rees-Mogg.

“One should be realistic about one’s desires at Christmas.

“I think a small box of glace fruits, not that I particularly like glace fruits, is more realistic than everybody suddenly agreeing on Brexit. It would be a nice idea - but as long as they were agreeing in my direction!”