MP AND Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg has come out in support of Boris Johnson and has GRILLED a top judge live on TV for going with the case and showing no respect for democracy or the law.
The European Research Group chairman is backing his friend and colleague, Boris Johnson for the leadership election. May is due t step down as Prime Minister on the 7th of June.
A private prosecution is now trying to get former foreign secretary and vote leave figurehead, Boris Johnson, found guilty of misleading the public during the 2016 EU referendum.
The Conservative MP will now have to appear in court over claims he made in 2016 about EU membership costing the UK £350 million a week.
Boris Johnson’s lawyer, Adrian Darbishire QC said: “It is absolutely denied by Mr Johnson that he acted in an improper or dishonest manner at any time”
The judge in charge of the case has ordered Mr Johnson to attend court.
Mr Rees-Mogg has now lashed out at the judge and claimed that what we are seeing is ‘politicising justice’ and protested that the prosecution was going ahead.
Mr Rees-Mogg said while speaking to channel 4 news: “The issue here is not whether the statement is inaccurate or not. The statement is clearly justifiable and always has been and that is judgment for voters to make and for other parties to say ‘I prefer the net figure rather than the gross figure’.
“It is not a matter for courts to say one way or the other.
“So politicising justice is a really bad idea and it’s actually what happens in a totalitarian regime where people get prosecuted for free speech.
“So the issues of free speech completely overwhelm this bogus case. It’s trying to sue the courts for political purposes which I think is a mistake, and allowing this prosecution to go ahead is politicising justice, which is a further mistake.
“We’ve just had an excellent set of Reith lectures from Jonathan Sumption warning about the overreach of the law into political matters and I think we should consider that very carefully.
“This is not a clever way to be proceeding. The law and politics need to be separate.”
Johnson’s lawyer said: “No allegation is made, nor could any be made, that Mr Johnson adopted or commended that figure for any purpose other than in the course of a contested political campaign.”