Aptly named the ‘right honourable member from the 19th century’ Jacob Rees-Mogg has become somewhat of a social media celebrity, bringing support from conservatives and derision from the left due to his strongly held beliefs and the conviction in which he holds them.
Both prior to, during and after the 2016 Brexit Referendum Rees-Mogg has been an avid campaigner and speaker on the issue of Britain leaving the EU both inside and out of parliament, this has led to him quickly becoming a leading figure in the post referendum debate, and I had the honour of interviewing him on the issue of brexit.
Firstly I wanted to understand how Rees-Mogg saw the current process and his views on the governments negotiating stance.
“It’s all in the next few months that it will be determined, I don’t like the transition deal I think too much has been given away, but if that leads to a successful exit, then 21 months in our whole islands story is a small amount of time, so as long as we know not to remain part of the customs union, Common fisheries policy, Jurisdiction of the European court then it will be a real Brexit, a genuine Brexit, and at the end of 2020 we can be confident that our own democratic process will decide how we govern in the future, so this is the crucial period and essentially only time will tell, we will know in October whether the government has gotten its vote right.”
As a keen Brexiteer and Brexit meaning a range of things to a range of people I sought to find out what Rees-Mogg would consider a clean Brexit especially on the often debated issue of immigration laws post exit.
“The key is that it’s determined by our own democracy according to what British voters want so all these issues currently decided by the European union will be instead decided at British general elections and some people may stand on a platform of more regulation, others on less regulation, some may want immigration restricted some may want free immigration, and British voters will decide what they want, it will be a matter of party manifestos, and that is absolutely at the heart of it can we govern ourselves or are we governed by somebody else, as it happens I am very strongly in favour of free trade I think that will be hugely beneficial for consumers and improve the standards of living for everybody in the country in particular the least well off I’m also in favour of a fair immigration system that treats all countries the same rather than having special rights for the EU and welcomes the highly skilled ones but is more restricted on low skilled immigration, but that is something that comes with time.”
So we can gather from the responses that Jacob has put forward a highly positive vision for the UK post Brexit, with an emphasis on free trade, de-regulation and an outward looking Britain willing to retake its status as a global trading hub.
The only question left to answer is, does Theresa May share his positive outlook and vision, I guess only time can answer that one.
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