The Express: Jacob Rees-Mogg explains what will happen if Theresa May fails to secure EU concessions

Theresa May was given a mandate by MPs last week to return to the EU to try to seek an alternative to the backstop mechanism in the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement. Leading EU figures have warned the UK that the legal text within the Withdrawal Agreement will not be altered. Speaking on Nick Ferrari’s LBC show, the Conservative MP for North East Somerset, ruled out any extension of Article 50, before setting out what he thought would happen if there were no legally binding changes to the backstop.

Mr Rees-Mogg said: “I think delay is a proxy for stopping and that is being proposed by people who never liked Brexit in the first place and are seeking to prevent it taking place.

“So delay is code for stopping and all your listeners should be aware of that.”

Commenting on what could happen if there are no changes to the legal text of the Withdrawal Agreement, Mr Rees-Mogg said: “If we can’t get any deal we have to leave without a deal but part of the reason I have been in discussions…sensible people have concerns about leaving without an arrangement.

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