Rees-Mogg tells PM to threaten EU with cancelling Brexit divorce bill

Jacob Rees-Mogg tells Theresa May to threaten the EU with cancelling Britain’s £40bn divorce bill but insists it is ‘ridiculous’ to claim he will challenge her for No 10 

  • Jacob Rees-Mogg insisted today the Brexit negotiations should be kept simple 
  • He said Britain should demand a trade deal in return for £40billion in exit bills 
  • And Brexiteer ringleader denied plotting to replace the Prime Minister in No 10  

Jacob Rees-Mogg today told the Prime Minister to threaten the EU with cancelling Britain’s £40billion Brexit divorce deal to secure a trade deal. 

The Brexiteer ring leader warned the negotiations so far have been ‘all one way’ but insisted Britain retrained a strong hand in the negotiations.

Mr Rees-Mogg said the major issues in the talks remained simple and should be seen as no more than an exchange between Britain’s exit payments and a trade deal.

Jacob Rees-Mogg today told the Prime Minister to threaten the EU with cancelling Britain’s £40billion Brexit divorce deal to secure a trade deal

Despite his stern warning to Downing Street, Mr Rees-Mogg insisted it was ‘ridiculous’ to suggest he would challenge Theresa May for power

He told the BBC’s Andrew Marr all other issues would be resolved once this deal was confirmed in negotiations. 

Despite his stern warning to Downing Street, Mr Rees-Mogg insisted it was ‘ridiculous’ to suggest he would challenge Mrs May for power or approached his dealings with ‘menace’. 

Mr Rees-Mogg said: ‘I very much support the Prime Minister’s approach in remaining within the negotiations. 

‘We are paying £40billion and in return we want a trade deal. The £40billion is of great importance to the EU.

‘Nothing is agreed until everything is agreed.’ 

Mr Rees-Mogg warned Remain supporters that even if Mrs May were to defy his wishes and agree an effective extension of the customs union, it would not solve the dilemma around the Irish border.

Mr Rees-Mogg said the major issues in the talks remained simple and should be seen as no more than an exchange between Britain’s exit payments and a trade deal

He said the necessary regulatory alignment would amount to staying in the single market and frustrating Brexit.

The MP vowed his European Research Group – a lobby of Brexiteer Tory MPs – was determined to back the Prime Minister in enforcing her red lines. 

And he paid tribute to Mrs May as the ‘most impressive and dutiful leader that this country has had’ as he dismissed claims he could challenge her for power. 

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