Published On: Sun, Oct 13th, 2019

Brexit latest: Jacob Rees-Mogg tells Brexiteers: ‘You must trust Boris!’ | Politics | News


Mr Rees-Mogg wrote in The Sunday Telegraph that Mr Johnson can be trusted as he is a Brexiteer. The MP for North East Somerset did note that Mr Johnson might have to make concessions unpopular with Brexiteers. Mr Rees-Mogg wrote: “If he thinks the ship of state is worth an extra ha’porth of tar he deserves support.”

Pro-Brexit MPs have expressed concern over a compromise which would place Northern Ireland legally outside of the EU customs union but remaining in close arrangement with Brussels with a border in the Irish Sea.

Mr Johnson will attempt to agree a deal next week which he has until Saturday to get ratified by MPs in Westminster.

October 19 will see the Commons sit on a Saturday for the first time since the Argentine invasion of the Falklands.

A senior Government source has hit back at suggestions pro-Remain MPs will attempt to make the deal subject to a second referendum.

They said: “The Surrender Act has already had a negative impact on the UK’s negotiating hand and this continued talk of referendum undermines the Government’s negotiating position further.”

The Benn Act, which has been described as the Surrender Act by opponents insists Mr Johnson request an extension until January if he fails to agree a deal.

The source warned that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn would “simply keep us in a logjam where nothing gets done and we spend years arguing about the EU.”

Nigel Dodds, the Westminster leader of the DUP, has warned that Northern Ireland must “remain fully part of the UK customs union”.

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With Mr Johnson’s chief negotiator David Frost preparing for crunch talks, Mr Rees-Mogg said of the PM: “His charisma and intellect are undoubted, and his electoral appeal has been tested and proved in London.

“In the final stages of the Brexit negotiation, compromise will inevitably be needed, something even the staunchest Leavers recognise albeit unwillingly – but as a Leaver Boris can be trusted.

“He wants to take back control and has dedicated his political career to this noble cause.”

Kate Hoey, a Labour Party Brexiteer who is from Northern Ireland shared concerns from Mr Paterson that the proposals could cause issues for the province long after Brexit is resolved.

Pro-Remain MPs are reportedly confident they will have a majority in the Commons for a second referendum if Mr Johnson cannot secure a deal.

Mr Johnson has twice called for a general election which could improve the Parliamentary arithmetic but failed to get the two-thirds majority he needs under the Fixed Terms Parliament Act.

Electoral Calculus, which calculates an amalgamation of major polls currently predicts the Tories to secure a 12 seat majority.

The Tories are predicted to win 331 seats, Labour to secure 213 and 33 for the Liberal Democrats.

The next general election is currently scheduled for May 2022.



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