LEADING Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg has revealed his priorities for fulfilling the Brexit that the British people voted for in the EU referendum, after he was quizzed about the role of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) and EU agencies.
Jacob-Rees Mogg has pinpointed the priorities of what he would consider a genuine Brexit, insisting he would never support a deal that included the ECJ while he also advocated that EU agencies should be stripped of their power.
As chairman of the powerful pro-Brexit European Research Group, the Tory backbencher told Robert Peston on ITV that Theresa May’s proposed deal was “not the perfect” arrangement from his point of view.
However, the MP for Somerset North admitted he would go along with the deal – as long as the ECJ was had no “direct impact” on UK sovereignty.
Peston asked the Mr Rees-Mogg, who has won praise for his principled stance against the EU: “Given that you’d be most comfortable with a trade deal that Canada has got, why don’t you get the PM to just get on with the job?”
The Brexiteer said: “I am supporting what the PM is trying to do because I recognise all of us have to compromise.
“Of course, from a perfect point of view, I would rather not be in the agencies but if that is the price to pay to get an overall trade deal and unite the country and the Conservative Party then that is something I can live with, because there will not be direct effect of the ECJ jurisdiction.
“I am willing to go along with what she has said as a package, but I admit I am less enthusiastic about that part than other parts.”
When pressed on his Brexit red line, Mr Rees-Mogg immediately said British sovereignty, in particular over the law and court system.
He explained: “The Prime Minister is clear that the sovereign structures of the UK should be respected in any deal.”
Later in the interview, the MP urged for the dividend that Britain will recieve from leaving the EU should be devoted to the health service.
Previously, Mr Rees-Mogg has raised doubts over how involved the UK should remain in EU structures.
The Brexiteer said warned of potential alarm over Mrs May’s proposals to sign up to a series of EU watchdogs, such as the European Medicines Agency (EMA), saying he also had concerns about “the details surrounding how we will subscribe to their agencies”.
He said: “The way the Prime Minister set it out sounded perfectly reasonable, but the devil will be in the detail as is so often the case.”