'Brexit benefits? You'll have to wait 50 years,' says Rees-Mogg

PUBLISHED: 13:37 23 July 2018 | UPDATED: 13:52 23 July 2018

Jacob Rees-Mogg MP speaking to supporters during a Conservative Voice meeting, in the Boothroyd Room at Portcullis House, London. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA.

Jacob Rees-Mogg MP speaking to supporters during a Conservative Voice meeting, in the Boothroyd Room at Portcullis House, London. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA.

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Jacob Rees-Mogg has suggested it could take half a century for Britain to reap any rewards from Brexit.

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The Conservative MP has been a key figure in pushing for a hard Brexit, but in a new interview appeared unwilling to be held accountable for any Brexit consequences.

Speaking to Channel 4 News he was pressed on whether or not he would quit if predictions that the economy tanks following Brexit comes true.

Sidestepping the issue he said that we won’t know the “full economic consequences for a very long time” and that “the overwhelming opportunity for Brexit is over the next 50 years”.

And without a hint of irony, Rees-Mogg claimed that interviewer Krishnan Guru-Murphy was “asking a very simple question about a very complex set of circumstances”.

In the clip that has been widely shared online Guru-Murphy puts the European Research Group chair in his place.

He said: “You don’t seem to be prepared to put your own future on the line when you’re prepared to put everybody else’s futures on the line.”

The interview has left social media astonished that it might not be until millennials are collecting their pensions that the full impact of Brexit is known.

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