Jacob Rees-Mogg: No new laws during implementation. Full Stop.

Jacob Rees-Mogg: No new laws during implementation. Full Stop.

Jacob Rees-Mogg has urged David Davis not to accept new laws during the implementation period ahead of the Brexit Secretary’s major speech tomorrow.

Davis is expected to concede that the UK will be a ‘rule-taker’ and not a ‘rule-maker’ during a two-year period beginning in March 2019.

But Rees-Mogg, the leader of the European Research Group (ERG) of backbench Conservative Eurosceptics has urged him to resist committing to new EU laws.

Speaking in an interview with BrexitCentral, the MP for North East Somerset said:

“We should not accept new laws that come in from the EU during the implementation period, Full Stop.

“If it’s an implementation, why should it be implementing new laws?”

“I can’t see why the EU would expect us to do this either.”

Asked whether he was focusing too much on the transition period, the backbench MP said he was “extremely worried” about the end state and that his concern was with what the UK was transitioning into.

“Very well-informed sources are saying that the Government is seriously considering being in the Customs Union.”

“It would leave us as a rule-taker, a tariff taker and unable to do deals with the rest of the world.

“This is really, really serious and condemns us to remaining in a sclerotic EU focusing on managing decline rather than grasping the really exciting opportunities to trade with the rest of the world.”

“The European Union is the past and we would be shackling ourselves to the past.”

Yesterday Mr. Rees-Mogg grilled David Davis during his appearance at the Brexit select committee, suggesting the UK would be a “vassal state” during the two-year transition phase and branded the Brexit Secretary’s answers “weak”.

The backbencher replaced Suella Fernandes as Chairman of the ERG after she joined the Government as a junior Brexit minister. Sources suggest he was selected for the role by backbench MPs to put greater pressure on the Government over Brexit.

But Theresa May could be facing problems of her own after today’s Sun suggested that the chairman of the 1922 committee, Sir Graham Brady, was concerned that just a few more letters of no confidence from backbenches would trigger a leadership election.

Commenting on that story, Rees-Mogg said his role was to support the Prime Minister and government policy on Brexit as set down in the Lancaster House speech.

“The ERG is fully supporting Theresa May. No member of the ERG has raised any questions with me about the Prime Minister’s leadership,” he told BrexitCentral. “We are her Praetorian Guard.”