The European Court of Justice ruled on Monday the British Government would be able to unilaterally revoke the Article 50 notice which started the Brexit negotiations with the European Union. Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg sarcastically suggested the UK could withdraw the notice to “install a dictatorship” and ignore the will of Leave voters. Mr Rees-Mogg insisted such a betrayal would be a “scandal” and could undermine the trust British voters have towards politicians.
Sky News host Kay Burley suggested revoking Article 50 could put an end to the tension between Theresa May and MPs Mrs May created after announcing she would pull her proposed Brexit deal from Parliamentary scrutiny.
But Mr Rees-Mogg quickly shot down the suggestion: “We could just ignore all democracy and install a dictatorship but it would be a really shocking approach to take when 17.4 million voted to leave.
“When I said dictatorship, it would be an overthrowing of that vote in June 2016, when we decided to leave. The Government were suddenly to say ‘we’re revoking Article 50,’ it would be a real scandal.”
The North Somerset MP also shot down calls for a second vote on the final terms of the Brexit divorce agreement, explaining Britons had given the Government a mandate to leave the bloc during both the referendum and the 2017 General Election.
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