The reality of what would happen if the UK exits the EU without any kind of deal having been reached on our future relationship with the other 27 member states has begun to hit home: even today’s Murdoch Sunday Times has now admitted that, even in a three-choice referendum, it is likely that 50% of voters would choose to Remain in the EU as a first preference over No Deal, or Theresa May’s “Chequers Compromise”.
But in the world of the committed and inflexible Brexiteers, such thoughts are not allowed to enter. For them, nothing short of ripping the UK out of the EU at any price will do. Only in a complete repudiation of 45 years’ membership of the European Club will their mission to preserve ideological purity be successful. And Jacob Rees Mogg, the capo di tutti capi of the Brexiteer mafiosi, has been unswerving on this mission.
This mission, though, did not fare well when put to the test by Channel 4 News’ Krishnan Guru-Murthy as he questioned the Moggster on Brexit. “If you’re wrong, and the economy does take a hit next year, what will you do? Will you feel honour bound to resign?” he asked The Great Man. Rees Mogg, to no surprise, did not feel honour bound.
“What can I resign from? I’m a backbench Member of Parliament”, he proffered, somehow missing the obvious. “This will be a choice for the electorate … the electorate ultimately will be the judge of this, and will decide whether Brexit has been a success or a failure”. But he will not countenance the possibility of a further referendum.
Then came the admission “I may not know for years to come”. What did that mean? Guru-Murthy pressed him again on resignation. Why not? “Because you’re proposing a very simple question on a very complex set of circumstances”. Sounds like the referendum.
And then we discovered what “years to come” meant. “We will know at some point, yes of course we will, but it’s a question of timescale … We won’t know the full economic consequences for a very long time … We really won’t … The overwhelming opportunity for Brexit is over the next 50 years”. The next 50 years.
Put simply, what Rees Mogg is telling all those older voters who, for whatever reason, voted to Leave the EU that they should not worry, because when we discover what a complete shit-show it has become, they’ll mostly be dead. He and his fellow vulture capitalists will have trousered obscene amounts of money from the Brexit débâcle, and retired to the comfort of their fortified mansions by the Mediterranean.
After all, with all that money, they will be able to buy residency rights in those EU member states that they spent so much time slagging off. Their only problem will be choosing between locations such as Puerto Banus, Cap Ferrat, Ischia and Hydra.
Jacob Rees Mogg just admitted he won’t be around when the shit really hits the fan. Now has the penny dropped?