Sir John: Jacob Rees-Mogg and the ERG are ‘intolerable bullies’
- Credit: PA Wire/PA Images
Sir John Major has attacked Jacob Rees-Mogg's European Research Group – claiming they are worse than the bullies in his party under his premiership.
The former Conservative prime minister said that the pressure the ERG were applying was worse than the eurosceptic members of his own cabinet which he called 'bastards' when they opposed his support for the European Union back in the 1990s.
He told the BBC's Political Thinking podcast that he had great sympathy for Theresa May.
He said: 'I think the way she is being treated by some of her colleagues is absolutely outrageous. People in Parliament who are undermining the prime minister by wandering round saying we are going to have 40-odd signatures for a leadership election tomorrow, saying unless the prime minister does this thing or that thing we are going to vote against it, that's an intolerable way to treat a prime minister who is in the middle of negotiations.'
He said that they were entitled to attack her policies, but needed to avoid the 'not-so-subliminal bullying'.
You may also want to watch:
'I have no objection to that but I think this subliminal threat, this not-so-subliminal bullying 'you follow this particular route or we are going to oppose you,' is simply not the way that I would have wished my colleagues in the House of Commons to behave.'
Reminiscing about his premiership and the 'bastards' in that era, he said: 'Their behaviour was pretty intolerable, but not nearly as intolerable as the way the present prime minister is being treated.'
- 1 The biggest scandal may be that no rules were broken
- 2 A chapter is over for Britain, for good or ill
- 3 The deep-seated issues beneath Sofagate
- 4 Russell Kane: Why working class people like Boris Johnson
- 5 What's the appeal behind Line of Duty?
- 6 Welsh government takes Westminster to court over post-Brexit bill
- 7 BBC journalist admits being 'haunted' by fear broadcaster 'built up' Nigel Farage and UKIP
- 8 The only Brexit export boom is from UK businesses rushing to Europe
- 9 Alan Duncan should have spoken out sooner about Boris Johnson
- 10 Boris Johnson proposes saving United Kingdom with 'Project Love' plan
Become a Supporter
The New European is proud of its journalism and we hope you are proud of it too. We believe our voice is important - both in representing the pro-EU perspective and also to help rebalance the right wing extremes of much of the UK national press. If you value what we are doing, you can help us by making a contribution to the cost of our journalism.