Brexit LIVE: Reality of EU ‘worse than my expectations’ Rees-Mogg's damning verdict

Posted on Jul 13 2019 - 2:32pm by admin

Meanwhile Tory leadership hopeful Jeremy Hunt has admitted he may “pay a political price” after saying he could not guarantee he would take Britain out of the EU by Christmas. Eurosceptic Ms Rees-Mogg, one of 29 Brexit Party MEPs elected in May, tweeted: “The behind the scenes in Brussels/ Strasbourg is worse than my low expectations.” The sister of ERG chairman and Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg also referred to a tweet by Green Party MEP Magid Magid, also a elected for the first time in May, who penned a piece written for the Politico website in which he said “Next to nobody in Brussels has any clue what the European Union truly stands for”.

Annunziata Rees-Mogg

Annunziata Rees-Mogg has said Brussels is (Image: GETTY)

Ms Rees-Mogg added: “I’m delighted with the honesty of a supporter of the ideal realising how corrupt and anti-democratic the EU project really is.”

Speaking at a leadership hustings in Cheltenham, after last night’s grilling by Andrew Neil on the BBC, Mr Hunt said: “Maybe I will pay a political price for being honest with people.

“But the reality is that we face a hung Parliament with people – not just in the Labour Party but in our own party – absolutely determined to stop us leaving without a deal.”

In his BBC interview, Mr Hunt reaffirmed his commitment to leave the EU without a deal if necessary but said if it took “a few extra days” to get an agreement Parliament he would delay Brexit beyond the current October 31 deadline.

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11.50pm: “We’re staring down the barrel,” says Johnson

Boris Johnson has said warned the Conservative Party is “staring down the barrel” unless it manages to deliver Brexit.

Mr Johnson, speaking at the latest round of leadership hustings in Bedfordshire, said: “I think there is an outbreak of common sense taking place in Westminster.

“Our party is staring down the barrel here – we have lost hundreds of thousands of votes, not just to the Brexit Party but also the Liberal Democrats.

People’s objections have been very, very strong, because this is a matter of democracy.”

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Boris Johnson at the hustings in Bedfordshire (Image: Sky News)

11.11am update: Brexit Party is ‘here to stay’ and will bring ‘big change’ – Express.co.uk poll results

The Brexit Party is far from being over and its revolution in British politics has just begun, an overwhelming majority of people said in an Express.co.uk poll.

Voters in the poll rubbished the results of the BMG Research survey for The Independent which positioned Nigel Farage’s party behind the Conservatives, Labour and the Lib Dems.

The BMG poll, which questioned 1,532 UK adults online between July 2 and 5, suggested the Brexit Party had already started losing support, only weeks after its overwhelming victory at the European elections in May, during which it gained 29 seats in the European Parliament.

But those who voted in the Express.co.uk poll disagreed with these findings.

11.07am update: Brexit would relegate the UK to “league three”, claims former WTO boss

Former Director General of the World Trade Organisation Pascal Lamy has claimed a no deal Brexit wold relegate Britain to the third division.

Neither Tory leadership contender is ruling out the possibility of taking Britain out of the EU on October 31 without a withdrawal agreement in place.

Mr Lamy, Director General of the WTO from 2005 to 2013, said: “Jumping brutally from trade league one (the internal market without borders) to trade league three (a WTO, multilaterally committed trade regime for goods and services) would certainly hurt.”

10.54am updates: Shock figures reveal UK could pay TEN times the £39bn divorce bill

European Union failings could sink the UK into more than a decade of austerity and risk the nation paying a staggering 10 times the £39billion divorce bill, a new report has claimed.

Pro-Brexit campaign group Global Britain fear that the UK could be forced to foot some of the massive debt accumulated by the EU over the past 20 years.

Its report suggests that during the last two decades, that figure has risen to around €1trillion (£900billion).

They claim that many Eurozone countries, where the euro is currency, have racked up huge public debts.

10.40am update: Varadkar’s Brexit comments prompt Twitter criticism

Ireland’s Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s withering attack on Britain in which he claimed Brexit proved the UK was “struggling” to accept it was “not as important in the world” as it once was, has triggered a backlash on Twitter.

Mr Varadkar tweeted a link to his interview with Newstalk journalist Pat Kenny yesterday.

One reply stated: “Absolutely correct Leo but what about Ireland? Fought for independence only to become the servant of Paris & Berlin. Stop walking around like you are one of the big boys when you are at the bottom of the pecking order behind the cleaner.”

Another said: “LV’s sour bash-the-Brits diatribes make even the most ardent Remainer suddenly think that @TiceRichard may be on to something.”

10.02am update: Farage will have “no impact” on Brexit talks, Verhofstadt tells Johnson

Nigel Farage will have “no impact” on Brexit negotiations, the European Parliament’s Brexit representative Guy Verhofstadt has warned Tory leadership frontrunner Boris Johnson.

Mr Verhofstadt took to twitter after Mr Johnson suggested the presence of Brexit Party MEPs in Brussels would make the EU more likely to renegotiate, telling the Politico website: “I’m not certain they the EU want to have Ann Widdecombe lecturing them about their deficiencies.”

However, Mr Verhofstadt said: “If Boris Johnson thinks Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party MEPs, who don’t turn up to work and insult people when they do, will have any impact on the Brexit negotiations, then he is sadly mistaken.”

Mr Verhofstadt and Mr Farage have a long history of feuding on the floor of the European Parliament.

9.53am update: Johnson set to lure Labour rebels to guarantee Brexit

Boris Johnson has begun talks with Labour MPs in Leave-backing constituencies who feel “isolated” by Jeremy Corbyn.

Allies believe he could gather the support of up to 40 Labour MPs after their party officially turned into a Remain-backing movement.

The frontrunner in the Tory leadership contest has already started contacting those MPs who feels abandoned by Jeremy Corbyn after the Labour Party announced its new Brexit policy this week.

Mr Johnson’s ally said: “This couldn’t have worked out better for us.”

9.48pm update: Remainer may stage “sit in” if next PM tries to prorogue Parliament

Rebel Remainers could stage a sensational “sit in” protest if the next Prime Minister tries to prorogue Parliament to force through no deal – with Chancellor Philip Hammond leading the way.

The idea originally mooted by former Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab before his elimination from the leadership contest would see the Parliamentary session ended so no deal can be forced through without Commons MPs able to stop it.  

Frontrunner Boris Johnson has played down the suggestion but has refused to take it off the table. As reported by The Sun, plotters led by Philip Hammond may refuse to leave the chamber and occupy Parliament to prevent no deal from going through.

Mr Hammond, who is widely expected to lose his position as Chancellor in the next cabinet with Home Secretary Sajid Javid the bookies favourite to replace him, said: “The idea that elected Members of Parliament will be locked out of their place of work because they might do their job is truly shocking.”

9.36am update: “I may pay a price for deadline stance,” admits Hunt

Tory leadership hopeful Jeremy Hunt has admitted he may “pay a political price” after saying he could not guarantee he would take Britain out of the EU by Christmas.

Speaking at a leadership hustings in Cheltenham, after last night’s grilling by Andrew Neil on the BBC, Mr Hunt said: “Maybe I will pay a political price for being honest with people.

“But the reality is that we face a hung Parliament with people – not just in the Labour Party but in our own party – absolutely determined to stop us leaving without a deal.”

In his BBC interview, Mr Hunt reaffirmed his commitment to leave the EU without a deal if necessary but said if it took “a few extra days” to get an agreement Parliament he would delay Brexit beyond the current October 31 deadline.

Annuziata Rees-Mogg

Annuziata Rees-Mogg’s tweet about Brussels (Image: Twitter)

9.30am update: Brussels “even worse than I thought”, says Rees-Mogg

NEWLY elected Brexit Party MEP Annunziata Rees-Mogg has said the “anti-Democratic” EU is “worse than my lowest expectations”, less than a fortnight after arriving in Brussels to take her seat in the European Parliament.

Eurosceptic Ms Rees-Mogg, one of 29 Brexit Party MEPs elected in May, tweeted: “The behind the scenes in Brussels/ Strasbourg is worse than my low expectations.”

The sister of ERG chairman and Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg also referred to a tweet by Green Party MEP Magid Magid, also a elected for the first time in May, who penned a piece written for the Politico website in which he said “Next to nobody in Brussels has any clue what the European Union truly stands for”.

Ms Rees-Mogg added: “I’m delighted with the honesty of a supporter of the ideal realising how corrupt and anti-democratic the EU project really is.”

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