Jacob Rees-Mogg – what a character!
I think we should call him “Jakes” from now on. It’s a reference to an outdoor toilet, as he seems keen to flush away his own credibility.
“Jakes” was so incensed, after Donald Tusk put forward the idea of a year-long “flextension” to the UK’s membership of the EU (to be cut short if Theresa May ever manages to negotiate conditions under which the country could leave), that he took to Twitter with what one imagines he thought was a rousing call to arms:
I commented on it myself, and received some illuminating responses:
It really is the politics of a spoilt child. “It’s my ball and I am going home.”
— Jim Walker ⚫️🏳️🌈🏴🇪🇺 #FBPE🔍 (@jimwalker64) April 5, 2019
He's trying to hypnotise us all again …. pic.twitter.com/mYq0fAKlMu
— Hat Tottins #BlackLivesMatter (@Allchanges) April 5, 2019
Causing disruption using votes and vetos he claimed we never had and claimed that's why we needed to leave.
— @TonyCowin (@TonyCowin) April 5, 2019
Imagine a dystopian future with Rees-Mogg as Boris Johnson's Chancellor (or worse, Foreign Secretary), and imagine us trying to recover existing level of trade deals with the EU with these "charmers". Our future is in the wrong hands!
— Dancing (at home) Lightning 🕷 ⭐ 3.5% (@dancelightning) April 5, 2019
He needs putting back into his antique box!
— Julie Ivers #SERCOnotNHS (@jiver66) April 5, 2019
Of course, Mr Rees-Mogg’s demand is a complete reversal of his position three years ago, when he said the UK had no power in the Euro bloc, and many people have taken issue with his apparent hypocrisy on this.
Worse still (for him) is the fact that he jumped too soon; France has secured support from Spain and Belgium for the UK to leave with no deal on April 12 – or for there to be only a short extension to the UK’s Article 50 period, to avoid precipitating a financial crisis.
In these circumstances, it seems unlikely that the UK will even get the extension until June 30 that Theresa May has requested.
So Mr Rees-Mogg has blown one of his own myths – that the UK is powerless in Europe – for nothing. Nice one, “Jakes”!