Jacob Rees-Mogg’s sister, Annunziata Rees-Mogg, delivered a speech at the launch of the Brexit Party on Friday, after being welcomed on stage by former Ukip leader Nigel Farage. Ms Annunziata Rees-Mogg said that she was ending her membership of the Conservative Party to “rescue our democracy”. Speaking on Mr Rees-Mogg’s Friday evening LBC show, the Conservative MP for North East Somerset was asked whether he would follow in his sister’s footsteps to ensure the delivery of Brexit.
A caller said: “I would just like to ask you, Jacob, would you ever leave the Conservative Party and join the Brexit Party because I believe they are the only ones who are going to get us out of this dictatorship of Europe?”
Mr Rees-Mogg replied: “Politically I am very close to my sister and Annunziata and I normally agree on political matters.
“As she was quoted earlier as saying. We agree completely on the objective. We want to leave the European Union.
“We want to deliver on the democratic vote of 17.4million people but I think there is a different way to do it.
“I think the Tory Party belongs to its members not to whoever happens to be the leader of the party at any one time and I think the Conservative Party is going to be the best party to do this.”
Speaking on Friday, Ms Annunziata Rees-Mogg explained she has been a full-time mother for the last eight years, adding she wanted to “avoid the negative comments and the violence that can come from putting your name above the parapet and standing for what you believe in”.
She said: “I joined the Conservative Party in 1984 and this is not a decision I have made lightly – to leave a party for which I have fought at every election since 1987, from Maggie Thatcher through to Theresa May.
“I know which one I’d rather have representing us now.”
She added: “The point at which our Prime Minister will not listen, not only to her membership but will not listen to the people of her country. I can’t sit by and let her do it.
“We’ve got to rescue our democracy, we have got to show that the people of this country have a say in how we are run.
“That the politicians are not our masters – they are to do our bidding.”
Speaking at a campaign launch event in Coventry, Mr Farage said their “mission” was to lead a “democratic revolution” against a political class which had betrayed the voters over Brexit.
Mr Farage said Britain had become a nation of “lions led by donkeys” and that the campaign marked the start of a fightback against the political class.
He said: “I do believe that we can win these European elections and that we can again start to put the fear of God into our Members of Parliament in Westminster.
“They deserve nothing less than that after the way they’ve treated us over this betrayal.”