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

Donald Tusk accused Jacob Rees-Mogg (pictured) and the Brexiteers of being responsible for all of the Brexit mess. Picture: Victoria Jones/PA.

Donald Tusk accused Jacob Rees-Mogg (pictured) and the Brexiteers of being responsible for all of the Brexit mess. Picture: Victoria Jones/PA.

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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.

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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”.

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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.

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“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.”

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