Jacob Rees-Mogg MP has tonight been elected as chairman of the Conservative Party’s backbench European Research Group – which advocates a no-deal Brexit.
Commenting, James McGrory, director of the Open Britain campaign, said:
“The Government being offered help with Brexit by Jacob Rees-Mogg is like a farmer being offered assistance with their chicken coop by a hungry fox.
“For Brextremists like Rees-Mogg, yanking Britain out of the Single Market and Customs Union is only the start of a hard-line agenda that includes deregulation and the stripping away consumer protections and workers’ rights.
“The last two chairs of the ERG are now Ministers. If recent history is anything to go by, it won’t be long before Jacob Rees-Mogg goes from backseat driving the Government’s agenda to front-of-house at the Brexit Department.”