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Brexit news: Rees-Mogg mocks pact with Plaid Cymru, Lib Dems and SNP to stop Brexit | UK | News

Jacob Rees-Mogg hit out at anti-Brexit party leaders seeking to form a so-called Remain alliance to oppose Boris Johnson at the polls at the general election. Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price said he is hoping to confirm the party’s alliance with the SNP and the Lib Dems “very soon” after appealing to their leaders to “work together” against Brexit in May. But the Leader of the House snickered at the prospect, telling LBC: “It’s a loser Remain alliance of people who don’t win many seats among themselves.

“You’ve got 24 seats so it’s not a serious Remain alliance – it’s an alliance of people who lose elections.

“Without including the Labour Party, it’s a non-starter and the Labour Party aren’t even in the discussions.”

Speaking to the BBC on Monday Morning, Mr Price claimed Wales, despite having voted to quit the European Union in 2016, will need to choose yet again its future role within the bloc at the general election on December 12.

The Plaid Cymru leader said: “Obviously, the respective parties are still consulting with their members in local constituencies.

“The discussions have been very positive – I wrote to the leaders of the other pro-Remain parties after the European elections. Wales is leading a remain party. I said, ‘look, if it’s possible, we should look to stand aside where that’s going to make a difference’.”

He continued: “t this time, in this election, which has been precipitated by the Brexit crisis at Westminster, there is a dominant issue.

“Decisions over whether Wales remains in the European Union is going to be mission-critic to the economic success, we’ve got to work together.”

Mr Price also refused to confirm whether Plaid Cymru had reached an agreement on whether the Lib Dems should stand aside in December and allow their candidate to maintain a hold in the Welsh island.

In the two weeks before The Sunday Telegraph poll, four more were conducted and revealed the Conservatives had a lead of between 13 and 16 points. The survey also showed the Liberal Democrats as further behind at 14 percent, with Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party at 12 percent.

Professor Sir John Curtice claimed in The Sunday Telegraph that the Prime Minister is behind the vote share achieved by Theresa May at the 2017 election.

The latest survey of 1,150 voters came after Mr Johnson rejected an offer of an electoral pact with Mr Farage as he warned a vote for the  risked Mr Corbyn moving into Number 10.

Jacob Rees-Mogg urged the Brexit Party leader to “retire” as he insisted that Mr Farage had “completed his life’s work.

The Leader of the House said: “Nigel Farage should be very proud of his career.

“It would be a great shame if he were to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

“It can be very difficult to retire but that’s what he should do.”

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