Paddy’s blistering tweet about Jacob Rees-Mogg and the ERG

It’s not often we feature a single tweet but this classic blast of high octane Paddy deserves its own post!: We see clearly now who the ERG playgroup really are. Bad judgement, poor timing, over-grown egos, fantasy politics, prep-school tactics – they are less a political movement – more a Beano comic strip about Lord […]

It’s not often we feature a single tweet but this classic blast of high octane Paddy deserves its own post!:


* Paul Walter is a Liberal Democrat activist. He is one of the Liberal Democrat Voice team. He blogs at Liberal Burblings.

ERG publish Your Right To Know – the case against the Government’s Brexit deal

Four days after the release of the 585-page draft Withdrawal Agreement for the UK’s exit from the European Union, the European Research Group (ERG) of eurosceptic Conservative MPs today publishes a concise guide making the case against the putative deal. In Your Right to Know, the group – chaired by Jacob Rees-Mogg – seeks to put […]

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Four days after the release of the 585-page draft Withdrawal Agreement for the UK’s exit from the European Union, the European Research Group (ERG) of eurosceptic Conservative MPs today publishes a concise guide making the case against the putative deal.

In Your Right to Know, the group – chaired by Jacob Rees-Mogg – seeks to put the case against what Theresa May has agreed with the EU in plain English – and BrexitCentral is exclusively publishing the full text of the 7-page document.

The publication identifies five key areas of concern over the draft Agreement:

  1. The UK would hand over £39 billion of taxpayers’ money with nothing guaranteed in return
  2. The UK would remain a ‘rule taker’ over large areas of EU law
  3. It would lock us in a Customs Union without the ability to leave
  4. It would creates internal borders within the UK, undermining the integrity of the Union
  5. The European Court of Justice would remain in control of the agreement and large areas of EU law directly effective in the UK

The ERG conclude:

“The combination of these measures means the United Kingdom will have not left the European Union but will instead be ‘half in and half out’. This will mean that we will become a ‘vassal state’ many of whose laws will have been created abroad and over which we have no influence. This is completely against the spirit of the 2017 referendum in which 17.4 million UK citizens voted to leave the European Union.”

You can read the document for yourself below or by clicking here to read it as a pdf.

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Text of Jacob Rees-Mogg’s letter urging MPs to oppose the draft Withdrawal Agreement

This evening, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Chairman of the European Research Group of MPs, has written to his parliamentary colleagues urging them to join him in voting down the draft Withdrawal Agreement as endorsed by the Cabinet after its 5-hour meeting. The text of his letter is as follows: ———————————————– Dear Colleagues, Like you I supported the […]

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This evening, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Chairman of the European Research Group of MPs, has written to his parliamentary colleagues urging them to join him in voting down the draft Withdrawal Agreement as endorsed by the Cabinet after its 5-hour meeting.

The text of his letter is as follows: ———————————————–

Dear Colleagues,

Like you I supported the Prime Minister in her early approach to the Brexit negotiations. I agreed with her Lancaster House speech that this should be built around the ability of the UK to take back control of our laws, borders and money while safeguarding our precious Union.

Unfortunately the proposals for a UK/EU agreement released today do not match up to those early expectations. For four key reasons.

1. The proposed agreement will see the UK hand over £39 billion to the EU for little or nothing in return. The prospect of an agreed free trade agreement is as far away today as it always has been. The 15 page political declaration is neither binding nor clear in its intentions. If it aims to put in place the Chequers proposal it is neither workable nor respectful of the referendum result. In the absence of a trade agreement we should spend our money on our own priorities, for instance £39 billion could pay for 26,000 nurses for 40 years.

2. The proposed agreement would treat Northern Ireland differently than the rest of the UK. This is unacceptable to Unionists particularly in Northern Ireland, and Scotland where the SNP will seek to demand similar internal UK borders to weaken the Union.

3. This agreement will lock us into an EU customs union and EU laws. This will prevent us pursuing a UK trade policy based around our priorities and economy. Without the ability to regulate our own economy and form our own trade agreements we will lose out on the opportunities that Brexit affords us.

4. Agreeing to be subject to the rules of an EU Customs Union, in contravention of the 2017 Conservative manifesto, without any votes or influence is profoundly undemocratic. This is compounded by the lack of any ability for the UK to unilaterally escape, making the UK a permanent rule taker.

For these reasons I can not support the proposed agreement in Parliament and would hope that Conservative MPs would do likewise.

Yours ———————————————————————-

Jacob Rees-Mogg MP

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