Jacob Rees-Mogg: Take warnings of a post-Brexit disaster with 'a pinch of salt'

Jacob Rees-Mogg

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Jacob Rees-Mogg has claimed that warnings of a post-Brexit "disaster" have been "exaggerated" by remain voters and should be taken "with a pinch of salt".

The Conservative MP appeared on the breakfast show to discuss Theresa May's announcement that Brexit talks were in the "endgame".

"Remainers have consistently used this highly exaggerated language," Mr Rees-Mogg told Julia Hartley-Brewer. "You will remember Project Fear before we voted to leave, when we were told that if the British people had the temerity not to follow the orders of the Treasury, there would be a punishment budget and unemployment would go up by 800,000.



"All of this turned out to be nonsense, so I think we should take the warnings of disaster with a pinch of salt."

He added that it would be "peculiar" if the European Union decided to impose visas on British travellers post-Brexit.

"The EU doesn't impose visas on a very large number of countries, it would be peculiar of them to decide to impose them on the UK. 

"If our neighbours are aiming for a punishment Brexit, it shows you more about the EU than it does about the UK."


'The wrong approach'

Theresa May. Image: Getty

Mr Rees-Mogg claimed that it was a mistake having Theresa May, a remainer, at the helm of Brexit negotiations.

"Having a remainer leading the negotiations has led to the wrong approach. It has led to an effort to keep us as close to the EU as possible, rather than recognising the opportunities lie away from that.

"People llike me who voted to leave have voted with our heads because we believe the opportunities for Brexit are so much better than remaining tied to the failing EU's economic model, which is not leding to economic growth and has let down many EU countries.

"It is making us poorer every year because it is a bad model, it is an outdated model."