Rees-Mogg Warns Remoaning Peers Risk ‘Burning Down’ Lords
Jacob Rees-Mogg has issued a stark warning to Remoaning peers as the petition calling for a referendum on the abolition of the House of Lords has today passed the 100,000 signatures necessary to trigger a Parliamentary debate.
The petition states:
The House of Lords is a place of patronage where unelected and unaccountable individuals hold a disproportionate amount of influence and power which can be used to frustrate the elected representatives of the people.
Mr Rees-Mogg warned peers they were “playing with fire” in attempting to derail the Brexit process.
Speaking at an Open Europe event on Tuesday, Mr Rees-Mogg said:
I think we are in a position of peers against the people, I think it’s deeply unattractive.
It’s the weakest position for the House of Lords to be in.
There is a problem with the House of Lords, which is it is very condescending towards the democratic vote. It seems to think that they know better than 17.4 million people.
He warned that the behaviour of peers is, despite the House of Lords “noble history” as a revising chamber calling into question the whole institution:
When it challenges the democratic will, as it is doing now, then we get fed up with it and think it has very little legitimacy and needs to be challenged.
Their Lordships are playing with fire and it would be a shame to burn down a historic House…”
They may have to decide whether they love ermine or the EU more.