Jacob Rees-Mogg lashed out at the Prime Minister for “stopping Brexit” by failing to leave the EU on March 29. The Tory Brexiteer MP claimed this failure to leave “killed democracy”. Speaking at a committee meeting, Mr Rees-Mogg declared: “17.4million people voted to Leave. 500 members of this House voted to exercise Article 50.
“And one person, the Prime Minister, who had said 100 times that we would leave on March 29, stopped it.
“And that killed democracy.”
Mr Rees-Mogg tweeted footage of his speech, posting: “The decision to delay our departure from the EU was solely that of the Prime Minister.”
On Monday, Downing Street insisted the Prime Minister is about to unveil a “new and improved” Brexit offer to MPs before she announces the timetable for a Tory leadership challenge.
The decision to delay our departure from the EU was solely that of the Prime Minister
Theresa May will meet with her Cabinet tomorrow to finalise this new plan, which will reportedly include offers on issues such as workers rights and environmental issues to try win over Labour MPs after cross-party talks collapsed.
But the idea that this will somehow convince MPs after three crouching defeats on the deal already is not being met with much support across Westminster.
The assumption is still that Mrs May will bring the Withdrawal Agreement Bill – the lengthy document which writes the deal into law – in the first week of June, after the deal has been passed.
But commenting on the plan, one Government aide told the Financial Times: “There’s nothing new in it. It’s all the stuff we know about already.”
And former Brexit Secretary David Davis said the plan is doomed, particularly ahead of the Tory leadership challenge.
He told the Today programme: “If we pass that act, it opens things up so that the successor to the Prime Minister, the next Prime Minister, will have their hands tied.”
But on Sunday, Ireland’s deputy Prime Minister insisted there would be no room for renegotiation if and when Mrs May is replaced.
Speaking on RTÉ, Tánaiste Simon Coveney said: “The personality might change but the facts don’t”.
Mr Coveney described political events at Westminster as “extraordinary”, as he questioned the logic of politicians who believed a change of leader would deliver changes to the agreement struck by Mrs May.
He said: “The EU has said very clearly that the Withdrawal Agreement has been negotiated over two-and-a-half years, it was agreed with the British government and the British cabinet and it’s not up for renegotiation, even if there is a new British Prime Minister.”
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