JACOB Rees-Mogg has laughed off Brexit threats from the European Union and urged Theresa May to call Brussels’ bluff and quit the bloc without a transition deal.
The Brexiteer said the EU’s hard-line negotiating tactics were unnecessary and “feeble” and Britain did not need to kowtow to Brussels anymore.
He said rather than agree to harsh restrictions and become a vassal state during the transition period, Britain should end negotiations and quit the bloc now.
Jacob Rees-Mogg said new threats issued today by the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier were “feeble”.
He said: “I would be happy to move to World Trade Organisation (WTO) terms without a transition and save £39billion that could be spent on the NHS. It is rather feeble as threats go.”
He has previously warned the UK risks becoming a "vassal state" if it agrees to a transition deal in which Britain has no say over rules and regulations.
It followed a ream of new threats from Mr Barnier earlier today after Britain was warned earlier this week it could be punished by the EU if it broke transition agreements.
Today Mr Barnier said a Brexit transition deal may not even happen unless Theresa May or David Davis offer more clarity on their positions.
He said: “To be quite frank, if these disagreements persist, the transition is not a given. Time is short, very short, and we haven't a minute to lose if we want to succeed."