Rees-Mogg V Barclay – Brexit Secretary Slapped Down In Committee Hearing
Jacob Rees-Mogg slapped down Brexit Secretary Steven Barclay during today’s session of the Exiting The European Union Committee.
The backbench Brexiteer pointed out: “The EU would be setting our customs taxes and we would have no say on it once we have left. This is under the backstop, taxation without representation.”
Embarrassingly, Barclay had to admit he did not know the answer Rees-Moggs point, promising to write to him at a later date with the information. A frustrated Rees-Mogg continued: “But if the EU raises tariffs we will have to follow and we will have no vote on that at all so it is taxation without representation, a fundamental constitutional principle given away in the backstop.”
Under pressure, the Brexit Secretary said he did not accept Rees-Moggs contention, however, the Chair of the European Reform Group hit-back that it was obvious Barclay “didn’t know” the text of the article which was a “problem”.
MP’s are due to begin their marathon debate on the Withdrawal Agreement tomorrow. However, tonight the government is facing humiliating censure over failing to release the attorney general’s full legal advice on the Brexit deal as ordered by Parliament.
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