Jacob Rees-Mogg has said Jean-Claude Juncker's Brexit speech is "extremely welcome" because it proves the UK has made the right decision to leave the EU.
The European Commission president has given a speech in which he said the UK would soon regret its decision to break from Brussels, while the EU will get over it.
Rees-Mogg told Julia Hartley-Brewer: "First of all I think that Juncker's speech is extremely welcome because it proves why we want to leave and why it’s so important that we leave.
"It reinforces the view of the British people leaving is right."
The Tory MP also believes "no deal is better than a bad deal and the EU I think has finally realised that we don’t owe them any money and they better get their act together and offer us something sensible if they want to get any.
"If they don’t have our money it’s all got to be paid for by the Germans and I’m not sure Mrs Merkel’s voters are keen on that."
He added: "I was really pleased by what happened in late August because suddenly [the EU] realised our position was much stronger than they had bargained for, which is why they were so angry at the end of that session.
"They thought we'd just roll over and have our tummies tickled and they’ve suddenly discovered that the British bulldog doesn't behave like that."
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