Jacob Rees-Mogg has shut down labour frontbencher Shami Chakrabarti and BBC audience members booing
Mr Rees-Mogg insisted that the British Government had received the mandate to leave the European Union on at least three separate occasions.
“I am sorry to the people who are booing, you lost the referendum. This is a democracy and that one vote is enough.
What it said on the ballot paper was “do you want to remain in the European Union or do you want to leave the European Union?’ It didn’t say ‘do you want a Canada-style deal or a Norway-style deal.’
It said ‘do you want to leave?’ and on 29 March, at 11 o’clock in the evening, as the law currently stands, we leave. Deo Gratias.
Of fundamental importance is democracy.
There was a vote in 2015 to authorise the referendum at the general election. There was the vote to leave, which was won with the largest number of votes cast for anything in our nation’s history. And there was a general election where both main parties said they would respect the result.
Now, a few people who don’t want to leave are trying to stop this happening. That threatens the democracy of our country. Whether there is a deal or not is secondary to implementing what 17.4 million people voted for.”Jacob Rees-Mogg MP
Mrs Chakrabarti replied: “No, forgive me, Jacob. You are an elected parliamentarian, you have a much greater responsibility than I do. You represent your constituents and they will want some leadership from you and your colleagues about where we go next, not ‘to hell with it and off the cliff we go.’”
Several experts this week claimed the chances of a no deal Brexit have increased since Theresa May returned to the UK after failing to secure further concessions from Brussels to salvage her divisive Brexit divorce deal.