The prominent Eurosceptic insisted that the UK would still leave the EU despite the general election exit poll suggesting the UK was headed for a Hung Parliament in the evening of June 8, 2017. Mr Rees-Mogg, who was the Leader of the House of Commons in Boris Johnson’s Government this year, is running again in his Somerset North East constituency. He insisted, after Theresa May's failure to win a majority, that the UK would leave the EU regardless because negotiations were not required – although he was incorrect about the exact timing of this.
Speaking on BBC News on the night of the election in 2017, he said: “The Prime Minister is the Prime Minister, and will pursue these negotiations.
“The very straightforward fact is we leave the EU at the end of March 2019 and the negotiations are to prelude to that.
“We leave at the end of March 2019 whether we negotiate or not, that is both party of our law and the European treaties.”
Unfortunately, Mr Rees-Mogg’s certainty that the UK would leave the EU on March 2019 turned out to be overly-optimistic.
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Jacob Rees-Mogg (Image: GETTY)
Theresa May asked the Queen to form a Government after the 2017 general election (Image: GETTY)
After the Hung Parliament contributed to Theresa May’s failure to get her Brexit deal through three times, she requested an extension to Article 50 from the EU.
The EU agreed to an extension and a second departure date of October 31 was put in place.
When Mr Johnson succeeded Mrs May as Prime Minister, he insisted that he would stick to this date – “do or die”.
However, in order to avoid a no deal Brexit, Parliament passed the Letwin Amendment which ultimately forced Mr Johnson to request another extension – now to the end of January 2020.
Jacob Rees-Mogg appeared on the BBC on the night of the election in 2017 (Image: BBC)
Nevertheless, Mr Rees-Mogg’s determination to bring the UK out of the EU will be encouraging to those who are frustrated that the country has still not left three years after the