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‘An absolutely red line’ Jacob Rees-Mogg blasts Theresa May over ‘ambiguous’ ECJ position

JACOB Rees-Mogg has expressed concern over Theresa May’s position on the European Court of Justice and the possibility that the UK will be subject to its rulings during the two-year transition period announced by the Prime Minister yesterday.

He said: “It is a question about the Home Office’s competence actually because it has not done very well in dealing with illegal immigrants so far.“And the question for the Home Office is can it be ready in time to do the job properly and I think it ought to be and I think that is a challenge for the Home Secretary.”Mr Rees-Mogg also said he was concerned about Mrs May promising a sizeable divorce fee at this point in the negotiation process.

He said: “The other area I am concerned about is that we should be promising money before we know the other side of the deal.

“They want money. We want trade. And for us to be guaranteeing money, which the speech practically does so early on, concerns me considerably.”Mr Rees-Mogg claimed there would be “considerable dissatisfaction” in the country “if we are not outside the ECJ’s jurisdiction on the date of leaving”.He added: “We have had a huge democratic vote. This needs to be implemented and the Government must ensure that it can do the administrative job of getting us ready to be ready on day one.”

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Theresa May yesterday made a key speech in Florence

During her speech, whilst Mrs May offered concessions in some areas she was steadfast in others, insisting that Britain will leave the single market and customs union in March 2019.The speech had been widely billed as a make-or-break attempt to unpick the deadlocked Brexit talks.Earlier this week, Jacob Rees–Mogg defended Boris Johnson’s vision for Brexit and claimed the NHS will have extra money after Britain leaves the EU, as long as “we do not agree to some unnecessary divorce bill”.

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Jane Davies

There will be civil unrest if the 17 million who voted out feel the politicians are not doing the job they are being paid to do. Why are there politicians who want to stay in allowed anywhere near these negotiations? May must go and a new team of leavers headed up by JRM must take over or we will all be shafted. Now is the time to say enough is enough, get the job done.


Whole heartedly agree with you Pader. May will resist his involvement though. Personally think it is time for her to go, She obviously can’t do the job, so she should move over and let someone who can do the job get on with it and do a damn sight better job of it than she ever has.

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