Jacob Rees-Mogg: The United Kingdom Will Quit the EU as One Country, Whatever Brussels Might Desire

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Jacob Rees-Mogg: The United Kingdom Will Quit the EU as One Country, Whatever Brussels Might Desire


The common sense approach to Brexit of the ex Taoiseach Enda Kenny has been replaced by vote chasing immaturity in Dublin, writes JACOB REES-MOGG

It is a pleasure to be writing for the News Letter, the oldest daily newspaper in the English-speaking world.

Since 1737, this title has survived the Napoleonic wars, two world wars and will soon have outlived our membership of the European Union.

This is something some people still struggle to accept. However, we voted to Leave and leave we shall.

The United Kingdom will not be made to vote again.

We entered the EU as one country and we will leave as one country, whatever the European Commission might desire.

This week Theresa May stood up and said No -- firmly and unalterably.

The thing she said no to was the egregious act of aggression by the European Commission, under its lead Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, that a friendly European state should be dismembered at its behest.

This will not happen.

Our Union has endured rather more unpleasant threats than a policy paper out of Brussels which the prime minister has rightly rebuffed. But the presumption of Brussels in even proposing this is an unfriendly act.

Most obviously, because it shows clear disregard for the Belfast Agreement. What does the agreement have at its core? The cardinal principle of consent: that Northern Ireland is in the Union for as long as it wishes to be.

What did Brussels do? Ignore this completely.

Some Brexiteers have been accused of trying to undermine the agreement, when they have not. But when Brussels abandons one of its key tenets, no one seems to notice.

Then there is the further problem in what this absurd suggestion -- that the Province should be detached from the rest of the country and become a protectorate of Brussels -- in fact means.

It means that Brussels is still not being serious, and that vital voices in Europe actually seem to want a 'No Deal' Brexit. For it can be inescapable now for everyone in Europe that no deal could ever seriously be contemplated on these preposterous terms.

So why even suggest them unless No Deal is your objective?

In Northern Ireland, the DUP -- our partners in Parliament and in the cause of keeping Mr Corbyn out of Number 10 -- led the charge for Brexit in suitably principled fashion. …

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