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Jacob Rees-Mogg: Why I support Boris Johnson as a future leader

Jacob Rees-Mogg: Why I support Boris Johnson as a future leader
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Will Theresa May’s troubles ever end? Jacob Rees-Mogg has put the PM under more pressure today, telling LBC that he would have preferred Boris Johnson lead negotiations with the EU. The ERG Chair said:

‘Two years ago, in the Conservative Party leadership campaign, I supported Boris Johnson, because I thought he would deliver Brexit extraordinarily well. I haven’t seen anything that would cause me to change my mind on that.

I think that had he become Prime Minister, we would have negotiated from a greater position of strength, and would be heading towards a clearer, cleaner Brexit, rather than the muddle of Chequers.’

Pushed as to whether he would like to see May removed, and Boris as PM, the North East Somerset MP was evasive, replying: ‘I think Boris is absolutely first class, but there is no vacancy.’

But for how long will that remain the case?

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