Jacob Rees-Mogg: The Prime Minister has run away from her Brexit promises

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Jacob Rees-Mogg has accused the Prime Minister from running away from her promises with the Chequers deal.

The leading Eurosceptic, and chairman for the European Research Group, has been voicing his concerns of the deal that was agreed by Cabinet ministers at Chequers on Friday.

However, what was seemingly agreed by all members of the Cabinet has seen Brexit Secretary, David Davis, and Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, both resign on Monday.

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Talking to Julia Hartley-Brewer on talkRADIO’s No Nonsense Breakfast he said: “Over the weekend, I only raised questions on what had been agreed because I was surprised that members of the cabinet had gone along with something that seemed on the face of it was tying us to the European Union one way or another.

“Once David Davis and Boris Johnson set out their resignation reasons, it became clear that Brexit and Chequers were not the same thing.”

'No idea' if any MPs had expressed no confidence in PM

Reports suggested the Prime Minister would face a vote of no confidence in her leadership. 

When asked if he knew how many letters had been sent to Chairman of the 1922 Committee, Sir Graham Brady, Rees-Mogg said: “No I don’t, I have no idea, Sir Graham Brady has made it very clear that he will not give anybody any indication of how many letters he has received.

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 “In a vote of confidence in the House of Commons I would support the Prime Minister that’s because I don’t want to have another General Election, there isn’t a vote of confidence in either case at the moment, I don’t think many people want another election, we only had one a year ago.”

'Sadness' in European Research Group

Admittedly, Mr Rees-Mogg confirmed that the mood was one of sadness at the European Research Group meeting on Monday once Theresa May had announced her Brexit plans to Parliament.

“You mention the mood at the European Research Group meeting and it was the greatest sense of sadness really.

“The Prime Minister had promised to do things and in Chequers and ran away from her promises, that all those statements: Brexit means Brexit, we’re not going to be half in half out, all the things she had said before seemed to have been swept away by giving into the pressure of the European Union in not having a proper Brexit.”

Any deal that Theresa May acquires with the European Union will have to be voted through Parliament before being implemented, and the MP for North East Somerset has suggested her Chequers deal won't make it through Parliament.

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“Well, there is some encouraging news, and that is the law setting out our departure from the European Union is in place, the article 50 act was passed before the general election and the withdrawal act came into force about two weeks, that means with nothing else happening that we are leaving the European Union on 29th March next year without a deal. 

"Any deal that the Prime Minister gets has to be to voted through Parliament and voted into law and if it is this bad deal from Chequers that keeps us ineffectively in, the European Court of Justice would remain effectively the supreme court in goods and agri-goods and that won’t get through parliament and people like me will vote it down."