Brexiteer and European Research Group (ERG) leader Jacob Rees-Mogg mocked Remainers during an interview discussing replacing Theresa May as Prime Minister. The Leave supporter insisted that he had tried to get rid of Theresa May in a vote of no confidence and failed so he has come to respect the result of that vote. He added that this is something that he and Remainers differ on as he claimed: “Remainiacs don’t like respecting the result of votes”.
Channel 4’s Jon snow also asked whether the Tory party could recover from its failing on Brexit.
Mr Rees Mogg replied: “I think you are asking the wrong person, I am not trying to defend the actions of the Government because I think they have made a pig’s ear of this.
“It has been negotiated poorly and the UK accepted the EU’s structure of discussion so that it got all its points in first and ours came later.
“It agreed to pay £39bn without the prospect of a future trade agreement buttoned up.
“This process has been very badly handled and the bucks stop in Downing Street I’m afraid.
The Channel 4 host then asks the ERG leader why he doesn’t simply get rid of Theresa May if he feels she is continuing to do a bad job.
Mr Rees-Mogg responded: “I tried that and I lost
“I’m ultimately a democrat so when I lose a vote I have to accept the result of it, unlike some of the Remainiacs who don’t like accepting the results of votes.
“I am making no moves to try and replace Theresa May.”
Mr Snow then reflected on the apparent pessimism from the ERG leader on the possibility of anything being resolved in the 6-month extension.
Mr Rees Mogg continued: “In Theresa May’s own words it seems that nothing has really changed and it is quite odd this extension as it doesn’t change any of the arithmetic in the House of Commons.
“It doesn’t open up the withdrawal agreement as the EU have said they will not do that.
“It doesn’t change the math around the political declaration or getting the withdrawal agreement bill through Parliament. So what does it do?”
Britain will likely be forced to participate in the European Parliament elections if a Brexit deal is not passed by May 22 after it was forced to accept an extended Brexit deadline from Brussels until October 31.
Mrs May is to believe this is a “pretty good outcome” as long as Brussels is lenient with the conditions imposed on Britain despite the wide backlash from Remainers and Brexiteers.