The prominent Brexiteer said the EU had to realise it was “not business as usual” and the new Tory government, under Prime Minister Boris Johnson, would not be a “wet establishment” that would go along with “Brexit in name only”. The new Commons leader also hailed the “significant” appointments of Mr Johnson as the new Tory leader and former campaign director for Dominic Cummings as a Brexit adviser. Jacob Rees-Mogg said the EU should realise the new Government would not be “browbeaten” by Brussels.
In his ConservativeHome podcast he said: “They should believe us because of our new leader. The new Prime Minister is somebody of considerable force of personality who is not going to be browbeaten by them.
“They should believe us because of the appointment of Dominic Cummings, which seems to me to be exceptionally important as a statement as to what is going to happen.
“That ought to make the EU realise that it is not business as usual. It isn’t a sort of wet establishment that will go along with Brino (Brexit in name only).
“It is a tough-minded, clear-sighted Government that will accept a decent deal, a fair deal, but will not accept a bad deal and isn’t frightened of leaving.
Jacob Rees-Mogg has warned the EU the UK will not be browbeaten over Brexit
Jacob Rees-Mogg is the newly-appointed Leader of the Commons
His warning comes as Mr Johnson’s government ramps up plans for a no deal Brexit with Chancellor Sadiq Khan injecting a £2.1billion cash boost to ensure Britain is prepared to leave the European Union with or without a divorce deal at the end of October.
The Prime Minister will chair his first meeting of the Brexit war cabinet – comprising the Chancellor, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove, Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay and Attorney General Geoffrey Cox – on Thursday.
The group – formally known as the Exit Strategy committee or XS – had its first meeting on Monday, which was led by Mr Gove, the Government’s no-deal planning supremo, as the Prime Minister was in Scotland.
Mr Johnson, who took power last week, has pledged to leave the trading bloc without an agreement in three months unless the EU agrees to renegotiate the deal agreed by his predecessor Theresa May.
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Ministers have warned that one of the most hotly contested elements of the divorce agreement – the Irish border backstop – will have to be struck out if there is to be a deal, something the EU has repeatedly said it won’t agree to.
In his first major policy announcement, new Chancellor Sajid Javid said the extra money will fund a nationwide advertising campaign, ensure the supply of vital medicines, help Britons living abroad, and improve infrastructure around ports.
He said: “With 92 days until the UK leaves the European Union it’s vital that we intensify our planning to ensure we are ready.
“We want to get a good deal that abolishes the anti-democratic backstop. But if we can’t get a good deal, we’ll have to leave without one.”
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Jacob Rees-Mogg told the EU the UK was not a ‘wet establishment’
Jacob Rees-Mogg hailed Boris Johnson’s leadership
Taking the UK out of the bloc without a deal means there would be no formal transition arrangement to cover everything from post-Brexit pet passports to customs arrangements on the Northern Irish border.
Investors have warned a no-deal Brexit would send shock waves through the world economy, tip Britain into a recession, roil financial markets and weaken London’s position as the pre-eminent international financial centre.
]But Brexiteers say that while there would be some short-term difficulties, the disruption of a no-deal Brexit has been overplayed and that in the long-term, the UK would thrive if it left the club.
The finance ministry said the new money will “turbo-charge” no-deal preparations. Among other initiatives, £434 million will be spent to ensure vital supplies of medicines and medical products can be brought into the country, including hiring additional freight capacity, warehousing and stockpiling.
Jacob Rees-Mogg hailed Boris Johnson’s new Tory government
To get people and businesses ready for a no-deal Brexit, £138 million will also be spent on one of the biggest peacetime advertising campaigns and provide extra consular support for citizens living overseas.
A total of £344 million will be spent on new border and customs operations, including hiring an extra 500 border force officers and doubling the support for customs agents to help companies fill in customs declarations.
The finance ministry also said a further £1billion will be available for government departments and the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to improve their readiness.
This means the government has in total allocated £6.3 billion to prepare for a no-deal exit, including £4.2 billion of funding for this financial year.
Sajid Javid has stepped up no deal Brexit preparations with a £2.1bn cash boost
Mr Javid’s predecessor and Remainer Philip Hammond has been accused of failing to spend enough money to get Britain ready for a no-deal Brexit, which in turn undermined its negotiating position with Brussels.
The Labour Party has waded in to the debate, branding the spending an “appalling waste of tax-payers’ cash” because the majority of MPs have made clear their intention to block an exit without a withdrawal agreement.
John McDonnell, the party’s finance chief, added: “This government could have ruled out no deal, and spent these billions on our schools, hospitals, and people.”
Chief Secretary to the Treasury Rishi Sunak said more detail on the government’s spending plans would be given at a spending review and fiscal event later in the autumn.