JACOB Rees-Mogg has blasted Remainer Tory MPs for trying to use the “meaningful vote” on the Brexit deal to stop us leaving the EU.
It comes as Theresa May is set to publish a compromise amendment to her flagship withdrawal bill – a position she was forced into after a threat of rebellion by her backbenchers.
Jacob Rees-Mogg has blasted Remainer Tory MPs for trying to use ‘meaningful vote’ to stop Brexit
The concession they want would bind the Government to asking for the House of Commons’ approval on the final agreement it gets back from Brussels.
But Mr Rees-Mogg said their motives have “nothing to do with parliamentary scrutiny – they are about stopping Brexit”.
He said their amendment would “introduce an unworkable constitutional proposition” that actually makes the potential for use to leave without a deal more likely – the opposite of the pro-EU MPs’ intentions.
The leading Brexiteer said of the “meaningful vote” in the EU bill: “Its aim is not parliamentary sovereignty or oversight but continued vassalage within the European Union.”
EPA It comes as Theresa May is set to publish a compromise amendment to her flagship withdrawal bill
Writing in The Times, he added: “Parliamentary scrutiny is a good thing and as we leave the European Union the revivification of our democracy will be a boon.
“But the real aim of the Hailsham amendment [on a meaningful vote] is not greater scrutiny, it is a threat to Brexit.”
His article today follows criticism he made of leading Tory rebel Dominic Grieve, who he accused of “supping with the devil” for addressing a private meeting in the European Commission’s London base.
Mr Greive was forced to deny he was involved in an anti-Brexit conspiracy after being seen at the event with former spin doctor Alastair Campbell and other opponents of Britain’s EU exit.
PRU The leading Brexiteer accused Dominic Grieve of ‘supping with the devil’ for attending event at the European Commission’s London HQ