BREXIT: Jacob Rees-Mogg urges Theresa May to shut down Parliament if MPs try to thwart Brexit

Jacob Rees-Mogg has told Theresa May she must use the nuclear option of ending the parliamentary session early if a bid by MPs to delay Brexit looks likely to succeed.

The hardline Brexiteer suggested Ms May could “prorogue” parliament if a backbench bill tabled by Labour’s Yvette Cooper and Tory Nick Boles to block a disorderly Brexit is backed by MPs.

Mr Rees-Mogg also dismissed speculation that his Eurosceptic cabal of Tory backbenchers were softening their stance towards the prime minister’s deal, insisting: “As long as the backstop is there, I won’t vote for this deal.”

Last week more than 100 Conservative MPs voted to defeat Ms May’s blueprint, giving the prime minister little time to prevent Britain from crashing out of the EU.

Mr Rees-Mogg told a meeting of the Bruges Group of Tory Eurosceptics that the efforts by backbenchers to drive parliamentary business were a “constitutional outrage”.

He said that no deal could only be taken off the table if the government “connived in doing it”. He added: “If the House of Commons undermines our basic constitutional conventions then the executive is entitled to use other vestigial constitutional means to stop it.

“By which I basically mean prorogation … And I think that would be the government’s answer, that is the government’s backstop, to use a choice phrase.”

Prorogation is the time between the end of a parliamentary session and the state opening that marks the beginning of the next session. Under these circumstances, any pending legislation would fall, including Ms Cooper’s bill.

Ms May refused to discuss suspending parliament when pressed on the issue by Brexiteer Sir Desmond Swayne last week.

He said: “To guarantee Brexit, the prime minister should prorogue parliament until April – tempting, isn’t it?”

She replied: “My right honourable friend is trying to tempt me down a road that I do not think I should go down.”

Ms May must win the support of Tory Brexiteers if she wants to plot a new course, but Mr Rees-Mogg said he would not be swayed unless the hated Irish backstop was stripped from the withdrawal agreement, which many Eurosceptics believe keeps the UK too closely tied to the EU.

Discussing Ms May’s deal, he added: “I think people’s chances of stopping Brexit are very slim.

“Of course any deal would be better than not leaving at all, but this deal … is not good enough. It needs fundamental change.”

However, Mr Rees-Mogg said he was still hopeful for changes to Ms May’s deal.

“I think at last, things are going our way … I think there is good news for us to hope that a reformation of this deal could be achieved that could make it acceptable.”

Pro-EU MP Virendra Sharma accused his rival of attempting to “declare war on parliament”.

“Take back control seems to have morphed into suspending parliamentary democracy,” the Best for Britain supporter said.

“This smells like a parliamentary coup.

“All of this is because he knows the momentum in parliament and in the country is for a public vote on Brexit. But no one could have expected him to declare war on parliament.”

 

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5 Replies to “BREXIT: Jacob Rees-Mogg urges Theresa May to shut down Parliament if MPs try to thwart Brexit

  1. A very good idea from Jacob. The Brexit saboteurs should be stopped as they threaten democracy itself. MP Virenda Sharma says JRM is “declaring war on Parliament” – No, not at all, it is Parliament who have declared war on the British People and Democracy! Get it right Virenda please.

  2. The past two years should have been spent preparing to leave with “no deal”. This would have been the best position to negotiate a successful trade deal with the E.U. Instead this dramatic situation has been created by UK negotiators who don’t want to leave negotiating with the E.U. who want to keep the UK ensnared so that can try and make a case for another vote where the options for the voting public will be carefully chosen to steer them into surreptously conceding their national sovereignty.

  3. Why can’t the MPs who’s constituencies voted for Brexit but are now trying to sabotage it in the ‘peoples’ name, be named and pulled up in parliament so, everyone is aware instead of hiding behind words like, amendments, crashing out, jobs, economy, people’s vote, democracy etc ?

  4. DIRECT DEMOCRACY SUPERSEDES REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY. WHEN THE PEOPLE VOTE IN A NATIONAL REFERENDUM IT CANNOT BE CHANGED BY THEIR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES IN PARLIAMENT. DEMOCRACY IS ABOUT THE WISHES OF THE PEOPLE NOT THE WISHES OF THEIR MPs.
    MPs ARE THE PAID SERVANTS OF THE PEOPLE AND DON’T LET THEM FORGET THAT FACT.

  5. All the legalese is in the Brexiteers court! We (the 52%) won the referendum fair and square.
    We voted May into office, based on her ‘leave means leave’ election slogan. Article 50 clearly states that if we don’t get a deal by the 29th March the default position is a no deal. Nearly 500 MPs ratified Article 50 and the Queen signed it off.
    What’s confusing everyone? Just look at the legal text and everyone should know what the right thing to do is …
    Anything other than what is legal is surely an act of treason!
    Playing with democracy is like playing with fire!

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