Rees-Mogg: Foster’s intervention ‘extremely important’; Hammond ‘Factually Wrong’.
Jacob Rees-Mogg, speaking on the Nigel Farage show on LBC, has praised Arlene Foster, leader of the Democratic Unionist Party, for her “extremely important” intervention in the Brexit process. Mr Mogg went on to blast Philip Hammond, Remoaning Chancellor, for conjuring up “fictional” amounts of money we owe the EU, he exposed cruelly how Mr Hammond is “simply factually wrong”.
He questioned why Mr Hammond would offer the EU £40bn when cuts are looming to the Royal Marines, the Army and the National Health Service is desperately short of cash. Mr Farage said that Theresa May acted very differently in set-piece events like the Lancaster House Speech and often rhetorically in the House of Commons to how she has progressed the negotiations in Brussels.
Speaking in the Commons at Prime Ministers Questions, Mr Rees-Mogg had said that Mrs May’s ‘red lines’ were “looking a bit pink”. Mr Farage asked Mr Rees-Mogg what his red lines were to which he got the response:
My reddest of red lines is always the European Court Of Justice. As long as we remain under the ECJ we have not left the European Union.
He said “regulatory alignment” would be a grave error. If the ECJ is given jurisdiction over EU citizens in the UK post-Brexit it would be a situation “akin to a colony.” British citizens rights in the EU will not be protected by British courts so why should we accept the ECJ having jurisdiction in Britain, Mr Rees-Mogg asked. Despite expressing full support for Mrs May, Mr Rees-Mogg said that events on Monday had raised “some concern”.