“Stay Awake”! Jacob Rees-Mogg To Brexiteers
In 365 days time, at 11 pm on 29th March 2019, Article 50 will be formally invoked and Britain will leave the European Union. Or will it? Not really in many ways says Jacob Rees-Mogg who admits “We’re staying in everything – we’re not leaving anything.”
He admits to being unhappy with the transitional deal which he likened to “rolling over without having its tummy tickled”. However, he recommends “cautious acceptance” on the grounds that ” “if it is genuinely a staging post rather than the final destination.”
He calls on Brexiteers to “stay awake” and indeed they should, because as he explains:
There is so much in the transition that the Government said or implied it would never agree. Free movement, the European Court of Justice, new laws, large amounts of money, ‘sincere cooperation’ and even our fishing waters are all in the transition deal.
As fishing was authoritatively stated to be excluded by a Cabinet minister just a few days before the deal was published, this is a cause for concern. A final deal on this basis would make fools of us all and would inevitably only be done by sleight of hand.
Mr Rees-Mogg will be celebrating next year along with many of us. However, he has called upon us all to “stay awake” for good reason. We will need to be vigilant lest the achievement we are celebrating slip unnoticed through our fingers.