JACOB Rees-Mogg has started to speak out following Theresa May’s postponment of the meaningful vote on the Withdrawal Agreement. He described today as a “damaging” one for the Consevative Party and also a “humiliating” for Britain.
Rees-Mogg: “This is a failure of the Prime Minister’s policy. It is very personally identified with her. This is a damaging day for the Cons Party. More important, it is a humiliating day for the country.”
— Michael Crick (@MichaelLCrick) December 10, 2018
He went on to say that the removal of the backstop would solve “most” but not “all” of the problems with the Agreement. Concessions would also need to be made on the £39 billion divorce bill, he said. May was savaged in Parliament when she announced her decision.
Donald Tusk, President of the European Council has however ruled out any further renegotiaiton of the backstop let alone anything else:
I have decided to call #EUCO on #Brexit (Art. 50) on Thursday. We will not renegotiate the deal, including the backstop, but we are ready to discuss how to facilitate UK ratification. As time is running out, we will also discuss our preparedness for a no-deal scenario.
— Donald Tusk (@eucopresident) December 10, 2018