Jacob Rees-Mogg, speaking in Parliament, asked Theresa May if she would reject the EUs negotiating demands and follow in the footsteps of Margaret Thatcher and show “metal and steel”.
He pointed specifically to paragraph one which undermines the principle that “nothing is agreed until everything is agreed” and paragraph four which reduces Britain to a “colony” of the EU.
After the Commons was eventually silenced by the Speaker, Mr Rees-Mogg continued:
Mr Speaker I want to urge my Right Honourable Friend to model herself on her predecessor, the late noble Baroness Thatcher and show real metal and steel in rejecting these rather hostile terms from the European Union.
Mrs May responded by insisting Britain will be “very clear” about it hopes for a future partnership with the EU and she referred to the “framework” of the Florence speech.
The comments made by Mr Rees-Mogg come as Leave Means Leave, a group backed by more than 50 Tory MPs and MEPs, have written to the Cabinet calling for a “clean break” with the EU on March 29th 2019.
Members of the public have “inundated” the organisation with emails expressing anger about Theresa May’s divorce settlement with the EU and the proposals for a transition or implementation period.
“The proposed regulatory alignment is completely unacceptable and incompatible with the vision of Britain leaving the EU.
“Only by diverging from EU rules and regulations from March 30th 2019 can the UK fully enjoy the economic benefits of Brexit.”
“It should be non-negotiable that the UK is free to diverge from EU rules and regulations when it leaves the EU on March 29th 2019.
“The only element of alignment of regulatory outcomes necessary for a continued trade relationship with the EU is that necessary for cross-border trade between the UK and the EU.”