Published On: Sat, Feb 10th, 2018

Jacob Rees-Mogg: Brexit MP tipped to replace Theresa May at No10 | Politics | News


In an article published today, the Berliner Morgenpost describes the outspoken backbench MP as a “beacon of hope” for Brexit activists.

The paper also claims the Prime Minister’s “time is running out” because Mr Rees-Mogg is garnering widespread support from Tory voters.

His position as head of the influential European Research Group (ERG) means he is making “May’s life really difficult”, the article adds.

Members of the ERG have repeatedly urged Theresa May to persue the hardest Brexit possible by fully cutting ties with the European Union.

Mr Rees-Mogg pledged his support for Mrs May earlier this week, saying he hopes she remains PM for a “very long time”.

Despite this, rumours have been circulating for several months that the North East Somerset MP could run for the Conservative Party leadership.

The Berliner Morgenpost says: “Since the Prime Minister has only a majority of 14 votes  n the House of Commons, the ERG has a powerful leverage.

“It can vote against an unacceptable Brexit deal – and not only that, they could even bring May down.

“It only takes 48 letters from backbenchers to trigger a fight for the party leadership.

“This brings into play a politician who for a long time was considered an insignificant eccentric, but who was recently elected chairman of the ERG.

“The multi-millionaire Jacob Rees-Mogg has never held back with his arch-conservative views about gay marriage or abortion.

“His positions were too reactionary for the political mainstream, so he preferred to stay with the backbenchers.

“His colleagues valued him for his polished expression, his elegant double breasted suit and his always impeccable courtesy. But he was out of the question for a cabinet post.”

The piece adds that the Brexit debate has “catapulted” Mr Rees-Mogg into prominence and he is now the bookies’ favourite to replace Mrs May.

It continues: “With his increasingly frequent interventions, the former investment banker is basically shepherding the Prime Minister to his goals.

“Rees-Mogg said recently, ‘After Brexit, close harmonisation with the EU is unacceptable’. And he demanded: ‘Britain can not stay in the customs union’.

“Shortly thereafter, these positions were officially taken over by the Prime Minister’s office.”

Asked on Thursday about whether he wanted to replace Mrs May, Mr Rees-Mogg told Sky News: “I wouldn’t dream of being so presumptious.

“I hope Mrs May goes on for a very long time as our wonderful Prime Minister.”

He made the comments outside Downing Street after dropping off letters from Daily Express readers backing our Stop the Foreign Aid Madness.

Additional reporting by Monika Pallenberg



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