BREXIT D-DAY: Rees-Mogg Urges Calm
Today and tomorrow the Commons will vote on and debate the Brexit Bill as amended by the House Of Lords. Two days which could shape the fate of Brexit. On the eve of the crunch Parliamentary confrontation, however, Jacob Rees-Mogg urged calm predicted that far from being weakened Mrs May would emerge from the votes considerably strengthened:
“I think there is a recognition within the Conservative Party that there was a referendum and an election manifesto that committed us to leaving.
“That the Prime Minister has widespread support within the party. And that putting the Bill through strengthens her position and it is important not just in terms of the negotiation, but also in terms of keeping Jeremy Corbyn out.
“It would be foolish to put this at risk when the opinion polls currently have the Conservatives well ahead of the Labour Party.
“I think there will be some unity this week, it won’t be perfect, but it ought to be enough to get the Bill through and reinforce the strength of Theresa May’s position.”
Mr Rees-Mogg went on to say that he is “optimistic” about the direction the government is moving in:
“There are further discussions to have on how we leave, but this is just bringing in the decision to leave and there is quite a lot of unity in the Conservative Party at the moment so, I’m optimistic about what is happening.
“I think it is going slowly and in the right direction, more slowly than I would like, but still in the right direction.”