Jacob Rees-Mogg commended Jeremy Corbyn for helping save Brexit, claiming that the former Labor leader’s lack of appeal to pro-Remain Tories prevented an interim prime minister from being installed.
The Conservative minister said the former Labor leader’s “stubbornness” prevented Brexit from stalling.
Speaking at the Conservative Party convention in Manchester on Monday, Commons Leader Mr Rees-Mogg said: “It is amazing how close it has come for us not to have Brexit, that the British establishment wanted to stop it and were trying very hard.” .
“And you know who we should be thanking, oddly enough? Let’s see if the Conservative audience can stand it: We should thank Jeremy Corbyn.
“I’ll tell you why. Because our Brexit-hating side would have accepted another Labor leader as interim prime minister to stop Brexit and hold a second referendum.”
Mr Rees Moog, who has campaigned for a “hard Brexit”, claimed that “any other Labor leader” would have accepted an interim Tory prime minister to block Britain’s departure from the EU.
He continued: “Jeremy Corbyn was unacceptable to the Tories, who simply didn’t want, although they hated Brexit so much, had him as leader, and there was no way he was going to make way for someone else.” Were were
“So we went to an election and won it brilliantly because people wanted to be given the vote they wanted.
“But without Jeremy Corbyn’s stubbornness, stubbornness, we couldn’t have gotten it – and I think it was very close to not happening.”
In August 2019, Mr Corbyn urged rebel Tories and opposition leaders to prevent a no-deal Brexit by ousting Boris Johnson and installing him as the leader of a caretaker government until the next general election. He insisted it would be a temporary administration on a “strictly time-limited basis”.
Leaders of other parties swiftly rejected the idea. Joe Swinson, then leader of the Liberal Democrats, claimed that “he had people in his own party and really needed Conservative backbenchers who would not be willing to support him”.
During the campaign for the 2019 general election, Mr Corbyn promised to negotiate a new Brexit deal with the EU and put it up for a public vote with the option to remain. He defended the policy as “a sensible way forward that can bring people together”.
Elsewhere during Monday’s conference call, Mr Rees-Mogg encountered a disability activist who accused the senior Tory of being “just another Eaton millionaire” who looks after people with disabilities.
Dominic Hutchins, who has cerebral palsy, took the minister to work on policies he blamed for the loss of his job as a youth worker and had to undergo a “humiliating” test to prove his disability.
He accused the minister of speaking “nonsense” and accused him of being “shameful”.
“I’m sorry you think so, but I wish you the best of luck in your job search, I really do,” replied Mr. Rees-Mogg.
Granthshala Representatives for Jeremy Corbyn have been contacted for comment.
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