The new leader of the House of Commons warned any Remainers who are “bold enough” to repeal Britain’s exit wouldn’t get a majority anyway, The Daily Telegraph reported. Mr Rees-Mogg’s staunch attack came as Boris Johnson pushed to reopen the Brexit “divorce” bill. A No 10 spokesman said: “He reiterated the message he delivered in the House of Commons: Parliament has rejected the Withdrawal Agreement three times and so the UK must fully prepare for the alternative – which is to leave without a deal on Oct 31. He said the only solution that would allow us to make progress on a deal is to abolish the backstop.”
Mr Rees-Mogg told The Daily Telegraph: “A lot of this is in the hands of the EU rather than the UK Government. The initial suggestion has been made that the backstop needs to be removed. That has been preliminarily rebuffed.
“All these people who witter on about no deal really don’t want to leave the European Union at all.
“It’s just code for saying they don’t want to leave and they think the referendum is a mistake. But they are not daring to put down a motion to revoke Article 50, are they?
“Unless they use it to repeal Article 50, which they are not bold enough to say they want to do and there almost certainly isn’t a majority in the House of Commons to do anyway, it doesn’t stop us leaving on October 31.
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“These are the only two ways Parliament could stop no deal – revoking Article 50 or bringing down the Government.”
“We’ll have to see what happens next. If they do keep on rebuffing, then we leave without a deal, we keep £39 billion and the Sun will still rise on November 1.”
The Brexiteer dismissed suggestions claiming MPs may seek to stop a no deal Brexit with a general election.
Mr Rees-Mogg said on LBC: “There are lots of MPs who are Remainers who wouldn’t get re-elected so they don’t want another election.
“That makes it very, very hard to get one especially as the Prime Minister also doesn’t.
“You’d have to have a vote of MPs to have an election and MPs who thought they may lose their seats because they are Remainers, one would expect, would be very reluctant to do it.”
Mr Johnson personally rejected plans for a new general election on Friday during his first visit to the Midlands since his appointment as Prime Minister.
Asked whether he would rule out another vote, the Tory leader said: “The British people voted in 2015, in 2016, in 2017. What they want us to do is deliver on their mandate, come out of the EU on October 31.”