Jacob Rees-Mogg: Government Brexit Bill Plans are “Schoolboy error”
Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg last week hit out at government plans to continue paying the EU £3.5bn per week even after we leave, saying that the plans we a “schoolboy error”.
The plans, which are described as “own resources” in the budget, include customs payments, VAT and a number of other payments to the supranational union.
Speaking about the plans, Jacob Rees-Mogg said:
“This is rather like spotting an error in Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack, something that is very rare to do and indicates an occasional failing that I hope will be put right and we will discover that this is not intended.
“Because if it is, it means we won’t in fact be stopping our contributions to the European Union, and that would be very strange.
“And to have them described as own resources is even more peculiar, because that assumes we are still members, so I think there is an error there.”
The well-spoken Tory MP is not the first to question the government’s unexplained EU spending; it has had rather a battering from former UKIP leader Nigel Farage, who posted this tweet:
— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) November 20, 2017
Rees-Mogg also blasted the former chancellor last week, describing him as the “architect of project fear”. George Osborne is believed to be very good friends with Hammond and there were even suspicions that the pair were meeting for a breif period of time.