JACOB REES-MOGG has spoken out after Liam Fox’s controversial remarks this morning where the Trade Secretary urged hardline Brexiteers “to live with disappointment” and stop speaking out against the Government’s Brexit policies.
Prominent Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg has responded to the Trade Secretary’s remarks about the future direction of Brexit.
Speaking to Sky News this morning, the hardline Brexiteer said the main issue from Dr Fox’s remark was that the Government had yet to clarify its policy on the transition period.
Dr Fox urged Brexiteers to stop making Theresa May’s life difficult – insisting they must learn to “live with disappointment”.
The vague transition deal after Britain formally leaves the bloc in March 2019 has caused anger among Brexiteers – including Mr Rees-Mogg.
He told Sky News today: “Well Dr Fox was referring only to the transition period. The issue here is what we are transitioning to.
“We hear that the Government will accept the transition terms without setting out the end terms or specifying when the transition will end.
“It’s no good to step out not on a bridge, but on a plank. The Government needs to set out its end state clearly.”
Mr Rees-Mogg’s remarks signal that he will not follow Dr Fox’s line of thinking until more details come out on the transition period.
He also dismissed the controversy over the leaked Brexit economic forecast today as “simply wrong”.
The MP added: “You just need to look at these experts records on forecasters and you can make your own mind up.
“This is a forecast for 15 years based on assumptions proved wrong in the past. Forecasts are less active the longer you go out.
“This report is much more an expression of an opinion than fact.
“Just look at Patrick Minford‘s findings, based on free trade policies, that shows a huge opportunity for economic growth.”