Brexit LIVE: Reality of EU ‘worse than my expectations’ Rees-Mogg’s damning verdict

Meanwhile Tory leadership hopeful Jeremy Hunt has admitted he may “pay a political price” after saying he could not guarantee he would take Britain out of the EU by Christmas. Eurosceptic Ms Rees-Mogg, one of 29 Brexit Party MEPs elected in May, tweeted: “The behind the scenes in Brussels/ Strasbourg is worse than my low expectations.” The sister of ERG chairman and Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg also referred to a tweet by Green Party MEP Magid Magid, also a elected for the first time in May, who penned a piece written for the Politico website in which he said “Next to nobody in Brussels has any clue what the European Union truly stands for”.

Ms Rees-Mogg added: “I’m delighted with the honesty of a supporter of the ideal realising how corrupt and anti-democratic the EU project really is.”

Speaking at a leadership hustings in Cheltenham, after last night’s grilling by Andrew Neil on the BBC, Mr Hunt said: “Maybe I will pay a political price for being honest with people.

“But the reality is that we face a hung Parliament with people – not just in the Labour Party but in our own party – absolutely determined to stop us leaving without a deal.”

In his BBC interview, Mr Hunt reaffirmed his commitment to leave the EU without a deal if necessary but said if it took “a few extra days” to get an agreement Parliament he would delay Brexit beyond the current October 31 deadline.

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10.02am update: Farage will have “no impact” on Brexit talks, Verhofstadt tells Johnson

Nigel Farage will have “no impact” on Brexit negotiations, the European Parliament’s Brexit representative Guy Verhofstadt has warned Tory leadership frontrunner Boris Johnson.

Mr Verhofstadt took to twitter after Mr Johnson suggested the presence of Brexit Party MEPs in Brussels would make the EU more likely to renegotiate, telling the Politico website: “I’m not certain they the EU want to have Ann Widdecombe lecturing them about their deficiencies.”

However, Mr Verhofstadt said: “If Boris Johnson thinks Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party MEPs, who don’t turn up to work and insult people when they do, will have any impact on the Brexit negotiations, then he is sadly mistaken.”

Mr Verhofstadt and Mr Farage have a long history of feuding on the floor of the European Parliament.

9.53am update: Johnson set to lure Labour rebels to guarantee Brexit

Boris Johnson has begun talks with Labour MPs in Leave-backing constituencies who feel “isolated” by Jeremy Corbyn.

Allies believe he could gather the support of up to 40 Labour MPs after their party officially turned into a Remain-backing movement.

The frontrunner in the Tory leadership contest has already started contacting those MPs who feels abandoned by Jeremy Corbyn after the Labour Party announced its new Brexit policy this week.

Mr Johnson’s ally said: “This couldn’t have worked out better for us.”

9.48pm update: Remainer may stage “sit in” if next PM tries to prorogue Parliament

Rebel Remainers could stage a sensational “sit in” protest if the next Prime Minister tries to prorogue Parliament to force through no deal – with Chancellor Philip Hammond leading the way.

The idea originally mooted by former Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab before his elimination from the leadership contest would see the Parliamentary session ended so no deal can be forced through without Commons MPs able to stop it.  

Frontrunner Boris Johnson has played down the suggestion but has refused to take it off the table. As reported by The Sun, plotters led by Philip Hammond may refuse to leave the chamber and occupy Parliament to prevent no deal from going through.

Mr Hammond, who is widely expected to lose his position as Chancellor in the next cabinet with Home Secretary Sajid Javid the bookies favourite to replace him, said: “The idea that elected Members of Parliament will be locked out of their place of work because they might do their job is truly shocking.”

9.36am update: “I may pay a price for deadline stance,” admits Hunt

Tory leadership hopeful Jeremy Hunt has admitted he may “pay a political price” after saying he could not guarantee he would take Britain out of the EU by Christmas.

Speaking at a leadership hustings in Cheltenham, after last night’s grilling by Andrew Neil on the BBC, Mr Hunt said: “Maybe I will pay a political price for being honest with people.

“But the reality is that we face a hung Parliament with people – not just in the Labour Party but in our own party – absolutely determined to stop us leaving without a deal.”

In his BBC interview, Mr Hunt reaffirmed his commitment to leave the EU without a deal if necessary but said if it took “a few extra days” to get an agreement Parliament he would delay Brexit beyond the current October 31 deadline.

9.30am update: Brussels “even worse than I thought”, says Rees-Mogg

NEWLY elected Brexit Party MEP Annunziata Rees-Mogg has said the “anti-Democratic” EU is “worse than my lowest expectations”, less than a fortnight after arriving in Brussels to take her seat in the European Parliament.

Eurosceptic Ms Rees-Mogg, one of 29 Brexit Party MEPs elected in May, tweeted: “The behind the scenes in Brussels/ Strasbourg is worse than my low expectations.”

The sister of ERG chairman and Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg also referred to a tweet by Green Party MEP Magid Magid, also a elected for the first time in May, who penned a piece written for the Politico website in which he said “Next to nobody in Brussels has any clue what the European Union truly stands for”.

Ms Rees-Mogg added: “I’m delighted with the honesty of a supporter of the ideal realising how corrupt and anti-democratic the EU project really is.”

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