Special Episode: Annunziata Rees-Mogg: “The Conservative Party needs to be reminded that Leave won”. The new MEP discusses the Brexit Party’s readiness and willingness to fight the next election; pragmatism vs principle, and the risk of splitting vote. Plus: would she stand against her brother?
“Can we trust Boris?…Yes, he’s deeply trustworthy.” Jacob Rees-Mogg, Leader of the House, discusses how he was “gulled” by Theresa May, why it’s “premature” to talk about resigning if the October deadline isn’t met, and if entering Government means “my wings have been clipped”.
Hunt’s “personal attacks” on Johnson “make it harder” for him to continue serve in top Cabinet roles. Rees-Mogg also dismisses “this lunatic policeman” who threatened press freedom, and says “if necessary I will read out every word of [Darroch’s cables] in the House of Commons.”
Jacob Rees-Mogg says Boris Johnson “understands that If we don’t leave by 31st October, there’s no Tory Party to lead”. He mulls the “constitutional problem” of a new Prime Minister not requiring an election. Plus: his memories of 13-year-old Rory Stewart.
Why Trump’s “bold approach to politics is a good one”. “We shouldn’t be frightened of being a great nation, and nor should the United States,” Rees-Mogg argues. Plus: the existential threat to the Conservatives, and the state of the leadership race.