‘Hard or soft Brexit is NONSENSE, we are leaving the EU’ Jacob Rees–Mogg declares – Express.co.uk
Mr Rees–Mogg said: “You are either in the European Union or you leave it. This is not only my view, this is the view of Donald Tusk one of the president’s of the EU, who said there is no such thing as hard and soft Brexit there is only being in or out.
“If we are out of the EU we cannot have our laws determined by the European Court of Justice, we cannot have all our regulations set by being in the internal market and we can’t lose all our trading opportunities by being in the customs union.
“This was clear at the election.
“I brought a quotation incase this was brought up by Wolfgang Schäuble, a very senior German politician, he let the cat out of the bag after the referendum because he said he had been asked to say this by the then Chancellor George Osborne.
“He said ‘in is in and out is out’. We knew what we were voting for, we voted and democracy must deliver.”
Mr Rees–Mogg previously described the victory for the Leave campaign as “a wonderful liberation for the country”, adding “no political event in my lifetime has been better or more exciting for the nation”.
Following a particularly impassioned speech in the Commons earlier this year, Brexit secretary David Davis declared: “As ever, my right honourable friend speaks for England.”
The question of a second referendum was raised and Mr Rees–Mogg calmly declared that democracy must be respected.
On Question Time he added: “This is characteristic of the EU, vote in a way that Brussels does not like and you have to vote again until they have done what they tell you.
“It seems to me that we had a referendum, we voted to leave and that must be implemented or we deny democracy.”
It follows a claim by Michael Gove, the Environment Secretary, who announced that the UK will withdraw from the Fisheries Convention as well as reclaiming the exclusive right to exploit fish stocks in our territorial waters, signed away by Edward Heath as a “common resource”.
The Ministry of Defence also laid out details of its decision to deploy 1,500 troops for an EU battlegroup from July 2019 — even if we have left the EU by that date.