Jacob Rees-Mogg BACKS Boris Johnson Brexit pledges and SLAMS his ‘noisy’ Remoaner critics

JACOB Rees–Mogg has defended Boris Johnson’s vision for Brexit and claimed the NHS will have extra money, as long as “we do not agree to some unnecessary divorce bill”.

The Member of Parliament for North East Somerset also dismissed Boris’ critics as “a small but noisy group” and insisted that the Foreign Secretary’s intervention “helps the Government and boosts Mrs May”.He said: “He is loyally putting forward Government policy as outlined by the Prime Minister in her Lancaster House speech, and is doing so with panache to explain why this approach will benefit the nation.”

Mr Rees-Mogg expressed confidence in the Foreign Secretary’s pledge to increase funding for the NHS after Brexit.

Speaking of Mr Johnson, Mr Rees-Mogg said: “He wants to deliver on the promise to ensure better funding of the NHS by using the money we will save by leaving the EU, £10 billion, or nearly £200 million a week.

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Jacob Rees-Mogg has defended statements made by Boris Johnson

Mr Rees-Mogg also claimed the tax reform suggested by Boris Johnson in his article would be the correct way to grow the British economy.

The Tory backbencher said: “As the cuts in corporation tax so far show, revenue can increase sharply at lower rates.

“In addition to the extra funding, control of our own regulations will enhance the ability of the UK to lead the world in areas such as bio-sciences.”

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Boris Johnson has insisted Britain should only pay the EU “what is due”

In his own Telegraph article last week, Boris Johnson restated the claim that Britain will be £350million per week better off after it leaves the EU and that the money could be redirected to fund the NHS.The Foreign Secretary said: “Once we have settled our accounts, we will take back control of roughly £350million per week.

“It would be a fine thing, as many of us have pointed out, if a lot of that money went on the NHS, provided we use that cash injection to modernise and make the most of new technology.”

Mr Johnson also insisted Britain should only pay “what is due” and should pay nothing to access the single market.

He wrote: “We would not expect to pay for access to their markets any more than they would expect to pay for access to ours.”On immigration, the Foreign Secretary said businesses “will no longer be able to use immigration as an excuse not to invest in the young people of this country” but will be able to access skills they need.

On trade, he claimed that Britain will be able to “get on and do free trade deals” around the world, especially with Commonwealth countries.

Theresa May is set to give a key speech on Brexit in Florence on Friday.

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