Television host to Jacob Rees-Mogg: ‘This is all your fault!’

Susanna Reid questions Jacob Rees-Mogg on Brexit. Photograph: Good Morning Britain/ITV.

Susanna Reid questions Jacob Rees-Mogg on Brexit. Photograph: Good Morning Britain/ITV. - Credit: Archant

A breakfast television host told Jacob Rees-Mogg that it was the 'fault of Brexiteers' that there was stalemate with the Brexit process.

Without a hint of irony the arch Brexiteer told Good Morning Britian that the House of Commons seems to know more about what it does not want than what it does want.

He said: 'Everyone knows that the European issue is a particularly divisive one, not just within the Conservative party but across political parties. There are many views. It is also clear that the House of Commons knows more clearly what it doesn't want than what it does want.

'So, although there is no majority for this deal, it is hard to see that there is a majority for any deal at the moment. And that, in a way, is not the fault of the government.'

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This prompted GMB host Susanna Reid to point the finger at Jacob Rees-Mogg.

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She said: 'Isn't that the fault of Brexiteers? I go back to the referendum.

'When people voted to Leave, each individual person in that 17.4 million might have thought they were voting for a different thing.

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'The fact of the matter is they voted for ice cream and they didn't know what flavour they were going to get. There has never been a unified plan.'

An unimpressed Rees-Mogg however told the presenter she was 'doing down the intelligence of the electorate', but she fired back that he was trying to 'mischaracterise' what she had said.

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'I'm not suggesting for a moment that each individual member of the electorate isn't intelligent. That's to mischaracterise what I say.'

Rees-Mogg continued: 'What they voted for and what was clear, a thread running through every example you came up with, was that they voted to leave the European Union.

'Leaving the European Union opens up all of those things – control of fish, getting out of the European Court of Justice's jurisdiction, not paying all the money – all of that is leaving.

'What many people have said last month or so is that they didn't vote for a deal, they voted for Leave.'

Reid also asked what would happen to exports and imports with the UK's biggest trading partner.

She said: '44% of exports went to EU, 53% of all UK imports came from the EU. New trade deals will take years to sign. They will not compensate for our loss of trade with our biggest partner?'

Rees-Mogg, however, simply responded 'what loss of trade?' - claiming that it was 'invention' there would be any barriers with the EU or the rest of the world.

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