Jacob Rees-Mogg laughs off Tusk's claims that he's to blame for Brexit mess
PUBLISHED: 10:27 25 October 2018 | UPDATED: 10:34 25 October 2018
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Jacob Rees-Mogg has laughed off claims from Donald Tusk that Brexiteers are "100% responsible" for the lack of progress in negotiation talks.
European Council president Tusk made the suggestion on Twitter after a barbed exchange with Nigel Farage in Salsbourg, in which Farage claimed the threat of a hard border in Ireland was a “red herring” that would never happen.
He tweeted: “In response to Nigel Farage in EP [European Parliament]: I don’t know what the result of the #Brexit talks is going to be.
“But I know that it is the Brexiteers who are 100% responsible for bringing back the problem of the Irish border.”
When asked about it on BBC News, Jacob Rees-Mogg said that Tusk was “having a joke”.
He said: “That’s simply not true. The backstop of the Irish border is not a question raised by the Brexiteers, it was a question raised by the European Union.
“It’s hung by the highest order and he knows it is.
“I think he’s having a joke. He has these little jokes; do you remember that funny little Instagram picture rather rudely about the Prime Minister?
“It’s an obscure sense of humour that he’s got.”