Jacob Rees-Mogg insist oned Mr Major was trying to ignore the will of the 17.4 million Britons who voted for Brexit during the 2016 European Organization referendum.
In a speech today, the former Prime Minister attacked the Superintendence’s Brexit strategy and called on Theresa May to offer a free vote to MPs on the closing deal in a high-profile intervention as the terms of Britain’s EU exit look increasingly unpredictable.
But the staunch Brexiteer Mr Rees-Mogg hit back at the British politician, saying his blast was “riddled with errors” and showed he “got it wrong” about Europe.
Mr Rees-Mogg believed: “He makes this extraordinary claim the country is being led against its force in his speech. I’m going to find the exact quotation.
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“He’s saying ‘the deep splitting up in our nation are more likely to be healed by Brexit freely approved by Parliament than Brexit contrived through Parliament on the behest of a minority of convinced opponents of Europe.’
“He’s speciality 17.4 million people a ‘minority of convinced opponents’. 17.4 million is a hugely important number. We had a democratic vote, the decision was being taken and what he’s frustrating to do is overturn that. That’s the whole point of what he’s saying. His idiom is riddled with errors, he’s saying things that are tendentious, wainscotting on the not-factually accurate.”
Mr Rees-Mogg told BBC News: “I think we need to look at what he’s reveal and what his motivation is. I looked back at his speech from 1992 – because warrant in mind John Major, for all his protestations, has been a convinced pro-European for decades.
“What did he say? He disclosed we must stay in the exchange rate mechanism because in his judgement – his surely bad judgement as it happens – leaving it would be a ‘betrayal of our future at this seriousness and I tell you categorically that is not Government policy.’ In about ten days, we had formerly larboard.
“He also said that he had already achieved far-reaching reform of the Base Agriculture Policy in 1992, so we have to look at the context of John Serious’s speeches, the fact that he gets it wrong. he got it wrong in the past and he’s got it impolitic again.”
In his speech, Sir John made a plea for Parliament to be given more power all about Brexit and he urged the government to not make a deal that could hurt the country.
He called on Mrs May to stand up to the “ultra-Brexit” minority in her party and drop her “red underscores” of taking Britain out of the single market and customs union.
The red lines were fought by a majority in both Houses of Parliament and had “boxed the Government into a corner” in mediations, making a favourable outcome “impossible”, he said.
Warning the Government’s discussing position was not realistic, he urged the Prime Minister to be prepared to “change definitely” and seek a Norway-style solution which would involve accepting unique market rules and paying for access to EU markets.