An already bruising week for Theresa May got worse when mocked about her negotiating skills with the EU by Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg.
Rees-Mogg said: “Before my Right Honourable Friend next goes to Brussels, will she apply a new coat of paint to her red lines because I fear on Monday they were beginning to look a little bit pink” to roars of laughter in the Commons.
This follows the humiliating blow she suffered after the DUP pulled the rug out from underneath a deal on Monday when the coalition party saved Brexit by insisting that Northern Ireland would leave only on the same deal as the rest of the UK. This happened after it was revealed in a leaked draft paper that Mrs May planned to have “continued regulatory alignment” between the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland.
It appears that faith in Theresa May’s premiership is dwindling fast as many Brexiteers are losing confidence in her ability to negotiate and fight Britain’s corner as Thatcher would have done proudly in the 1980s with claims of “She’s no Maggie” or “She couldn’t negotiate her way out of a paper bag!”.
Speaking this evening to Nigel Farage (LBC) on his ‘reddest of red lines’ he said: “It’s always the European Court of Justice (ECJ) because it seems to me as long as we remain under the European Court of Justice we haven’t left the European Union”.
“If we accept, which I think would be a huge error, regulatory alignment at least if we’re outside the ECJ we would then be able to change that later.
“So the reddest of red lines is the ECJ, I’m very deeply concerned about regulatory alignment because that denies us one of the great benefits of leaving but it is a secondary red line to the ECJ.”
Following the recent scolding from ‘Moggy’, there is growing support for the backbencher to become the next leader of the Conservative party with ‘Moggmentum’ gathering pace. A recent poll by Conservative Home found that Jacob Rees-Mogg is up from 15 per cent to 18 per cent. Michael Gove was seven per cent last month; he is now on 12 per cent, and is the second named candidate, behind Rees-Mogg.
Many Brexiteers will feel that Jacob is the only current viable option to lead and ensure that a ‘hard’ Brexit is achieved after the recent capitulation.