PM needs ‘fresh paint’ on Brexit red lines, says leading Tory Brexiteer

Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg on College Green, London. Photo: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg on College Green, London. Photo: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

A leading Tory Brexiteer has urged Theresa May to “apply a new coat of paint to her red lines” on Brexit.

Jacob Rees-Mogg was joined by other prominent Conservative backbenchers in suggesting the Prime Minister adopt a tougher stance with Brussels.

Prime Minister’s Questions also saw DUP MP Jim Shannon urge Mrs May not to do anything that creates a barrier between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.

After the session, a number of MPs raised points of order calling into question Brexit Secretary Davis Davis’s comments on Brexit impact assessments, and whether he was in contempt of Parliament.

Speaker John Bercow said he would consider any representations from the Brexit select committee on the matter before coming to any conclusion.

Earlier, Mr Rees-Mogg (North East Somerset) had asked the Prime Minister: “Before (Mrs May) next goes to Brussels, will she apply a new coat of paint to her red lines?

“Because I fear on Monday they were beginning to look a little bit pink.”

This week, Mr Davis told his Tory colleague that his red line on Brexit “is getting the best deal for Britain”, in response to a question from Mr Rees-Mogg on whether he would make “diverging” from EU rules an “indelible red line”.

Mrs May said: “I can happily say to (Mr Rees-Mogg) that the principles on which this Government is negotiating was set out in the Lancaster House speech, they were set out in the Florence speech, and those principles remain.”