Jacob Rees-Mogg has begun to list some of the benefits the UK will soon have due to Brexit, only to be brutally attacked by a journalist.
LBC’s Rachel Venables pressed the minister for Brexit opportunities and government efficiency over the differences Britons might appreciate in their daily lives outside the European Union, as the cost of living crisis tightens its grip.
In an interview conducted just after the sixth anniversary of the EU referendum, she noted: “There are people who work full time and who have to go to food banks, and they have to count pennies every month to pay their high energy bills. .
“Do you think they would really care whether or not the vacuum cleaner was of a certain wattage or whether or not sparkling wine could be served in a plastic bottle?”
“You’re absolutely right,” replied Reese-Mogg. “People are going to be interested in some of the things that are going to be done from July 1, so there will be an additional cost on fishing fingers because of the way they are imported – that’s a 2% increase that was avoided.
“There has been up to a 70% increase in the cost of some cheeses coming in as we avoid using the freedoms of Brexit.
“So there are savings to be made.”
“Is that the best you can do, cheese and fish fingers?” Venables replied.
“I’m just giving you an example of savings,” Rees-Mogg said, “but I dare say you’re missing the point a bit.
“The point is to accumulate lots and lots of small savings.”
Discussing the advantages of being able to buy vacuum cleaners from South Korea, for example, he added: “Getting value for money means opening up to global markets.”
The Conservative MP was one of the most prominent members of Parliament to advocate for leaving the European Union in the run-up to the 2016 referendum.
As part of the campaign group, ERG, he lobbied for a hard Brexit throughout Theresa May’s tenure in Downing Street.
When Boris Johnson was elected in 2019, Reese Mogg was named Speaker of the House of Commons, before taking up his current position earlier this year.
Venables also asked about the consequences of deregulation and how “cutting this routine” could expose consumers to safety and health risks.
Reese-Mogg responded that these changes were in fact about protecting the consumer and enabling consumers to exercise democratic accountability.
“Viewers and listeners will be aware of where they believe they should be protected and will be able to communicate directly with members of Parliament,” he explained. “Because we know who is responsible for our regulatory systems rather than delegate them to a bureaucracy that cannot be changed by our democratic efforts.”
Rees-Mogg released a new website this week that “counts down” until more than 2,000 EU laws are officially repealed in the UK.
However, he admitted: “I agree that not everyone will have the time or desire to do this, but I think it helps show the scale. [of EU laws in the UK]. “
The minister also told the House of Commons that the Brexit freedoms would help tackle the cost-of-living and inflation crisis, because “excessive” red tape in the EU “raises prices”, particularly with regard to food and drink.
It was revealed this week that the government will not make any assessments on whether or not Brexit has been successful.
Rees-Mogg described a report from Resolution declaring that the UK’s economy had been hit when it left the EU as a “backlash to the fear project”.
Asked by HuffPost UK how voters are supposed to assess whether Brexit was worth it, the minister said: “I’ve always thought it was all about democracy. Can you change your government, can you make decisions about How do you judge?
“That’s the big, overwhelming advantage of Brexit, and then it comes to the debate about whether democracy also makes you more prosperous and I think it is and there’s a lot of evidence for that.”