”This Would Be Infamous’ – Rees-Mogg Responds to Claims Of Labour-EU Plot
Jacob Rees-Mogg has reacted to a whirlwind of speculation that Labour is, in fact, working with Michael Barnier to box the government into a corner over continued membership of the customs union. Mr Rees-Mogg declared that if the rumours were true then it would be ‘infamous’.
If true this would be infamous https://t.co/fYZurFZ1V8
— Jacob Rees-Mogg (@Jacob_Rees_Mogg) 28 February 2018
The rumours were started by a pair of tweets from Times journalists:
It is no accident that Corbyn speech came this week just before Barnier’s push for a customs union for NI, potentially unraveling the UK. It’s all pressure for a similar UK-wide customs union. I think it’s a bad look both for the EU and Labour to be seen working this in tandem.
— Bruno Waterfield (@BrunoBrussels) 28 February 2018
This hints at co-operation between Labour and Barnier to change Theresa May’s brexit position. (Keir Starmer is in Brussels today for talks with the Commission btw) https://t.co/wQ3wE4iaeC
— Sam Coates Times (@SamCoatesTimes) 28 February 2018
Keir Starmer and Labour, unsurprisingly, have been full-throated in their denials of any such collusion, however, they have admitted that Mr Starmer visits Brussels “regularly”. It would perhaps not be unsurprising for a government minister in Mr Starmer’s position to do so however, it is surely legitimate to question where a member of the Shadow Cabinet with no official power or purchase does so? This story is clearly going to run and run and honestly who would actually be surprised if some form of formal cooperation were uncovered?