Rees-Mogg: Customs Union And Single Market Hurt Poor Britons
Jacob Rees-Mogg, speaking on the Daily Politics, has destroyed the argument that being a part of the Customs Union and Single Market benefits the British people. He said:
The customs union is a protectionist racket that protects continental European businesses at the cost of British consumers, it puts up the price of food, of clothing and of footwear.
These hit the poorest in our country the most because the largest portion of their spending goes on food, clothing and footwear compared to the richer in society.
And the poorest people in the world. It discriminates against imports from some of the poorest countries in the world.
The comments made by Mr Rees-Mogg cast the position of the Labour Party in a particularly poor light. Labour, so-called champion of Britain’s poorest and downtrodden, wish to remain in both the customs union and single market in the long-term. Sir Keir Starmer, the real pied piper who Jeremy Corbyn dances to the tune of when it comes to Brexit policy, has already stated:
Subject of course to negotiations, remaining in a customs union with the EU is a viable long-term option for Labour. Equally, we are flexible as to whether the benefits of the single market are best retained in the long term by negotiating a new single market relationship or by working up from a bespoke trade deal.
In other words, Labour will be putting the needs of big corporations first over and above those of the poorest and most downtrodden in society who will benefit the most from Brexit. Labour may change it’s leader and cover itself in a leftist gloss but as we can see when the crunch comes it is still on the side of the few, never the many.