British conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg | Niklas Halle'n/AFP via Getty Images
Rees-Mogg: UK should be ‘as difficult as possible’ with EU if Brexit delayed
London should block Macron’s plans and budget hikes, Brexiteer MP says.
Updated 4/5/19, 1:18 PM CET
Conservative MP and Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg called on Friday on the U.K. government to be “as difficult as possible” with the EU on a range of issues including the long-term budget if Brexit is delayed for an extended period.
“If a long extension leaves us stuck in the EU we should be as difficult as possible,” Rees-Mogg tweeted.
“We could veto any increase in the budget, obstruct the putative EU army and block Mr Macron’s integrationist schemes,” he added, referring to French President Emmanuel Macron’s vision for the future of the bloc.
Asked about the tweet at the Commission’s daily press briefing, Chief Spokesperson Margaritis Schinas said: “This gentlemen is not our interlocutor, and the principle of sincere cooperation applies, as May said in her letter today. And it’s a hypothetical.”
The tweet came after British Prime Minister Theresa May formally requested a further Brexit extension, to June 30, 2019. In her letter, the prime minister said she wanted the U.K. to leave the EU before the European Parliament election in May, but that she “will continue to make responsible preparations to hold the elections should this not prove to be possible.”
Meanwhile European Council President Donald Tusk has floated the idea of a flexible extension or “flextension”