In an exclusive interview with GB News, the Minister for Brexit Opportunities and Government Efficiency also suggested he was “suspicious” about the work from home arrangements of Civil servants. Mr Rees-Mogg said: “I’m a little suspicious that the days most people want to work from home turn out to be Mondays and Fridays. I think that tells you something or hints at something at the very least. Civil servants have a contract. They should be expected, it’s not unreasonable, that they should stick to that contract.”
His comments come as amid Government plans to axe 91,000 posts.
Speaking to GB News about the ongoing talks with the EU, Mr Rees Mogg said: “I think it [the EU] wants to make the UK feel bad about having left the European Union and that underpins its whole policy and it doesn’t really mind about the consequences of that.
“And we just have to get on with life and recognise that we have left. We have to make our own way. We are an independent country and what the EU wants and thinks is secondary.
“The Paymaster General Michael Ellis has made a speech in Brussels today making it very clear that we are, if not at the end of the road, very close to it.
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“To cancel the TCA [EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement], the European Union would need unanimity and it seems to me that’s a pretty high bar to get.
“And you have to say to the European Union, does it really want to punish its consumers at a time of rising inflation? And inflation in a lot of the EU countries is higher than it is in the UK.”
“Do they really want to make prices even higher for their consumers and their voters? I think that’s an interesting and important question.”
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