Jacob Rees-Mogg says Brexit SHOULD be delayed to implement his Plan C

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Jacob Rees-Mogg says Brexit SHOULD be delayed to implement his Plan C
Sat, 02 Feb 2019 16:05:00 +0000

The hardline Brexiteer lashed out at others calling to postpone the date of Brexit beyond March 29, saying similar attempts are “little more than ploys to keep the United Kingdom as a member state in spite of the referendum and subsequent Acts of Parliament”. But, he argued, a "short extension is not impossible", and it could be the perfect compromise to save the Government and the Conservative Party from the current deadlock. The Malthouse compromise, which has also been dubbed ‘Plan C’ after being agreed by both Remainers and Brexiteers, offers a “two-stage compromise”, the Tory backbencher said. The plan has been put together by North West Hampshire MP Kit Malthouse and proposes replacing the Irish backstop with a new free trade agreement and technology at the border. 

It also proposes extending the transition period to 2021

In an opinion piece for the Daily Telegraph, Mr Rees-Mogg, chair of leave-backing European Research Group (ERG), said: “What is needed is not further time for negotiations but engagement, and one proposal appears to be able to command widespread support: the so-called ‘Malthouse compromise’.

“Currently, there are only 55 days left to .

“This makes the timetable tight for agreeing and legislating for a deal.

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“The EU is an expert at deciding matters just before the deadline, as it focuses the mind.

“Parliament can also legislate with considerable speed but a law of this kind will need proper scrutiny.

“Thus, if the agreement were made but a little parliamentary time were needed, as long as the second reading had taken place a short extension is not impossible. 

“Equally, to delay for the purpose of vacuous discussions would be solely to thwart Brexit.

“It must not be for that purpose and should be opposed if negotiations are incomplete." 

Labour MP Yvette Cooper tabled an amendment on Tuesday aimed at taking off the table a no-deal Brexit.

If approved, the move would have seen the UK attempting to put Brexit on hold and postpone the UK exit day, set on March 29, for an indefinite period of time, until London and Brussels eventually struck a deal approved by the British and European Parliaments. 

Mr , who is also Tory MP for North East Somerset, said: “The motion proposed earlier this week by Yvette Cooper, whose constituency voted 69.3 per cent to leave, was backed by those who campaigned to remain and always disliked the result.” 

But, aware Brussels may not be willing to step away from one of the sticking point of the Withdrawal Agreement struck in November by the EU and Theresa May, the Plan C proposes a “standstill”.

Mr Rees-Mogg said: “Essentially, our existing contributions until 2021 in return for a standstill, while either a new future relationship could be negotiated or we could agree an extension of tariff-free trading, provided for under World Trade Organisation rules, allowing a further ten years to finalise trading arrangements.

“This ought to be palatable in one way or another to the EU as it preserves its red lines around the integrity of the Single Market.”     

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