Jacob Rees-Mogg condemned the ‘rotten’ Brexit deal today as Eurosceptics vowed to vote down the ‘unchanged’ plans for a second time on Tuesday.
The ringleader of Tory Brexiteers said the divorce deal as drafted fails to end ’47 years of penal servitude’ while the Irish border backstop could last forever.
Mr Rees-Mogg said delaying Brexit for a ‘few months’ would be ‘tolerable’ but only if Britain escaped the EU’s rules afterwards.
His warning comes as his deputy Steve Baker and DUP Westminster leader Nigel Dodds said the PM faces an ‘inevitable’ second defeat because the deal is ‘unchanged’.
Mrs May will test her deal for a second time on Tuesday night. She lost by 230 votes on January 15.
If it is defeated again, MPs will vote on whether to accept no deal on Wednesday and then whether to delay Brexit on Thursday.
Jacob Rees-Mogg condemned the ‘rotten’ Brexit deal today as Eurosceptics vowed to vote down the ‘unchanged’ plans for a second time on Tuesday
Mrs May (pictured today in Maidenhead) will test her deal for a second time on Tuesday night. She lost by 230 votes on January 15
Writing in the Sunday Express, Mr Rees-Mogg said: ‘The Withdrawal Agreement is a rotten accord.
‘It condemns the United Kingdom to at least 21 months of vassalage at a cost of £39billion, yet everything other than the backstop has an expiry date – after a certain point the nation’s freedom and control would be restored.
‘After 47 years of penal servitude a final few months is tolerable. However, the backstop could last forever and would tie this country’s hands in terms of regulations, customs and the rulings of the European Court of Justice in these areas without a formal ability to leave.
‘Although fewer areas of British life would be affected than is currently the case, in these departments there would be even less control than there is now.
‘There would also be the absurdity of replacing a treaty that can be revoked with two years’ notice with one that is perpetual.’
Mr Baker and Mr Dodds wrote in the Sunday Telegraph today another defeat as ‘inevitable’ and Britain should now leave on time with no deal.
DUP Westminster leader Nigel Dodds said the deal was ‘unchanged’ from when Eurosceptics voted it down by 230 in January
The pair want Mrs May to pursue the second part of their so-called ‘Malthouse Compromise’ that says Britain should ask the EU for a three-year transition period on current terms in exchange for billions of pounds but axe the rest of the deal.
They said: ‘It is inevitable that this unchanged Withdrawal Agreement will be voted down again.
‘The union of the UK is too precious to put at risk and Eurosceptics do not trust the EU to regulate our economy in the backstop.
‘If the Government and parliamentarians want to avoid overthrowing the referendum result and threatening faith in democracy, if they want to avoid the political chaos of a purposeless extension, it is time for them to embrace Malthouse compromise Plan B and leave on March 29, offering all sides the three safety nets of our basic transition agreement.’