Brexit Party’s Rees-Mogg lashes out at Emma Barnett – ‘Completely missing the point’

Annunziata Rees-Mogg, the sister of Tory eurosceptic Jacob Rees-Mogg, previously claimed she joined the Brexit Party because of the “broken” political system. During a BBC Radio 5 Live interview, host Emma Barnett claimed Ms Rees-Mogg was trying to have it “both ways” by working for the system despite believe it “doesn’t work”. Ms Barnett asked: “How can you represent people in a system that doesn’t work?”

The Brexit Party MEP replied: “By representing them amongst the British politicians, the British agencies, because we have a platform and a mandate to talk on behalf of the people in our region.”

The BBC presenter hit out: “You can’t have it both ways Annunziata. Who are you talking to? If you don’t believe the system works you can’t have it both ways.

“Either the system is a failure, rotten to its core, and you refuse to take the pay cheque and admit your job is pointless, futile, and you can’t achieve anything.

“Or you actually say ‘I’m not taking the pay cheque, this was just an exercise in showing how pointless it was and look I can’t help you’.”

Ms Rees-Mogg contended: “I think you’re completely missing the point, that you are paid to do a job and I am doing that job.

“I think that I shouldn’t be there but that wasn’t my decision, it was the decision of Theresa May and her Government, not to get us to leave.”

Ms Barnett argued: “Theresa May didn’t hold a gun to your head personally and say ‘go and run to be an MEP and then take a job you don’t think is a job worth doing and able to be done well’.”

The MEP for the East Midlands said: “It is a job I am doing to the best of my ability, to make sure the people of the East Midlands are represented at that level.”

The Brexit Party became the largest political party in the European Parliament following the European election, winning 28 seats.

Meanwhile, the Liberal Democrats hailed a huge win last week as they beat the Conservative Party in the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election, with the Brexit Party coming in third place ahead of Labour.

But, many suggested the Conservative Party would have achieved a majority if the votes in the seat, if the Brexit Party had stepped away from the by-election.

After the results, Director and Co-Founder of Deltapoll, Joe Twyman, admitted: “There is no guarantee that if the Brexit Party had some sort of coalition with the Conservatives that all of their voters, in this particular case, would have switched to the Conservatives. It probably would have been enough but it is very unlikely to have been all of them.”

Following the by-election victory, Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson told the BBC: “We are working the system that we have and we have won a victory with a 12 percent swing, overturning an 8,000 majority. And this comes off the back of our best ever local election results and storming victories in the European election.


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“Where we beat both the Conservatives and the Labour parties to our best ever local election results too. So this is a sustained pattern of Liberal Democrats winning again, on the up.”

The by-election was triggered when Tory candidate Chris Davies was ousted by a recall petition down after being convicted for a false expenses claim in March earlier this year.

The Tories re-selected him, but he lost his battle with the Lib Dems. Overall, Jane Dodds took 13,826 votes as she beat the Tories (12,401) by 1,426 votes.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has insisted the UK will leave the European Union with or without a Brexit deal at the end of October this year, as he demands changes to the backstop mechanism within the withdrawal agreement from the EU.

But the bloc has stood firm and insisted there will be no renegotiation to the Brexit deal.

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