Jacob Rees-Mogg responded to an unsubstantiated rumor of a plot between Labour and the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier. The Brexiteer tweeted: “If true this would be infamous,” in reply to a Times journalist’s post.
The Tory MP was commenting on a post by the deputy political editor for the Times, Sam Coates, who wrote: “This hints at co-operation between Labour and Barnier to change Theresa May’s brexit position.”
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Coates was referencing allegations, made on Twitter, that Jeremy Corbyn’s endorsement of an EU customs union was timed to coincide with Barnier’s publishing of an EU plan to include Northern Ireland in the same union.
This hints at co-operation between Labour and Barnier to change Theresa May’s brexit position. (Keir Starmer is in Brussels today for talks with the Commission btw) https://t.co/wQ3wE4iaeC
— Sam Coates Times (@SamCoatesTimes) February 28, 2018
The Times journalist also mentioned that Labour’s shadow Brexit secretary, Keir Starmer, was in “Brussels today for talks with the [European] Commission.”
Corbyn and Starmer have both met with the EU negotiating team, including Barnier, in recent weeks. After one meeting, Corbyn promised to run the Brexit negotiations “very differently” if he came to power.
Coates’ original tweet, and Mogg’s response, had plenty of support. One Twitter user accused Labour of being “traitorous,” another cried “treason.” Others, though, accused Coates of spreading “fake news.”
Traitorous weasel Keir Starmer colludes with the enemy, no surprises there given he’s serving a leader like Corbo. Atrocious behaviour.
— Henry Ironside (@HenryIronside) February 28, 2018
You are not spreading Fake news are you Sam? That is quite an accusation unless you have proof. Fake news is so distasteful especially from so-called respected journalists.
— Pointdevue #FBPE (@1pointdevue) February 28, 2018
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