The outspoken Tory MP and Leave campaigner gave a candid interview to the Economist that saw him refer to Mrs May’s failed attempts at securing a deal with the bloc, which subsequently led to the demise of the Party and cost the Prime Minister her job just yesterday. Speaking just three days before Mrs May’s emotional farewell on the steps of No10 yesterday morning, Mr Rees-Mogg hinted that Mr Johnson was the top man for the role before adding Britain was not currently living in “ordinary times”. He said: “Who is my favoured choice? Over Boris, I think from a Conservative point of view and for the country, we need a really big figure. There are lots of excellent prime ministers during ordinary times. This is not ordinary times.
“The failure to deliver Brexit on time has changed the basis of trade between the electorate and politicians. We need someone who can bring it back together and reunite the right of British politics and have some confidence in ourselves.”
He was also asked to clarify whether he supported Mrs May’s deal, which he said would result in the UK becoming a “vassal state” in the EU.
He said: ““I was willing to support Mrs May’s deal when the alternative was a worse deal and not leaving on the 29th March. We have now not left on the 29th March and we have had a worse deal brought forward.”
“We could have gone a different way. We could have voted it through, meaningful vote three, elected a new leader around that point and done something about it. That didn’t happen.
“The ERG has always been united in its objective in leaving the EU cleanly and clearly and not being in a vassal state.”
Yesterday, Mrs May gave an impassioned speech outside No10 that saw her break down in tears before announcing June 7 will be her last day as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
Mrs May insisted she had “done my best” to deliver a Brexit deal as she was watched by husband Philip and her closest aides.
Despite holding it together throughout most of her speech, the Prime Minister broke down as she said it had been “the honour of my life” to serve “the country that I love” before running back in to Number 10.
With her voice cracking, she concluded her speech by saying: “I will shortly leave the job that it has been the honour of my life to hold.
“The second female prime minister, but certainly not the last.
“I do so with no ill will, but with enormous and enduring gratitude to have had the opportunity to serve the country I love.”
Former Foreign Secretary Mr Johnson has bookies’ odds of 6/4 to take on the role, followed by former Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab, with 6/2 odds.
Published at Sat, 25 May 2019 16:11:00 +0000