Wednesday, 23 Jun 2021

Jacob Rees-Mogg warns Boris ‘pressure’ is on as UK can’t blame EU for policy failure

Jacob Rees-Mogg warns Johnson over policy 'pressure'

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Leader of the House of Commons, Jacob Rees-Mogg insisted that Boris Johnson and the Government could no longer blame Brussels for policy. While speaking to Mark Dolan on TalkRadio, Mr Rees-Mogg argued post-Brexit would be an exciting time. He said the UK was now responsible for the opportunities it provides for its citizens.

Mr Rees-Mogg insisted this would bring out the best in politicians and democracy.

Mr Dolan said: “This is a big Queen’s speech post-Brexit.

“You are, of course, a life-long Brexiteer yourself.

“Boris got Brexit done, and as you wrote in your column, Parliament can no longer look to Brussels if it gets its policy wrong.

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“It is now happening all over there in the House now, it is up to us to make Britain successful.”

Mr Rees-Mogg insisted it was a great opportunity for Britain and politicians going forward.

He said: “That is absolutely right and I think this is very exciting actually.

“Previously, as a member of Parliament, before we left the European Union, if my constituents wrote to me about agriculture, trade or fishes they would get a reply saying, ‘I am very sorry but this is all decided at the European Union.’

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“I’d say ‘ there is nothing as an MP or even as a Government that we can do about it.

“Now it is up to us.”

Mr Rees-Mogg insisted this would force politicians to do a better job in their roles going forward.

He added: “I think that is a good pressure for politics.

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“I think it makes democracy more immediate and makes politicians more responsive to their voters.

“It also puts a greater pressure on Governments to deliver what they promised in their manifestos.

“There are no more excuses and I think this is an exciting time.”

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