February 26, 2019 / 1:53 PM / 8 months ago

Rees-Mogg warns against 'grievous error' of scrapping Brexit

British Conservative Party Member of Parliament Jacob Rees-Mogg is seen outside is home in London, Britain, February 14, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls - RC1B1B92BC90

LONDON (Reuters) - Leading Eurosceptic Jacob Rees-Mogg said it would be a “grievous error” if Prime Minister Theresa May’s offer to delay Brexit leads to Britain ultimately scrapping its departure from the European Union.

May offered members of parliament on Tuesday the chance to vote in over two weeks time on whether to delay Brexit or go for a potentially disorderly no-deal exit from the European Union if her attempt to ratify a divorce deal fails.

Rees-Mogg, a leading Brexiteer in Britain’s parliament, said May’s agreed deal with the EU remained unsatisfactory on a number of grounds and that the political brinkmanship would not force him to vote in favour.

“If it’s being delayed, which is my suspicion, as a plot to stop Brexit altogether then I think that would be the most grievous error that politicians could commit,” he told Sky News.

“It would be overthrowing the referendum result, two general elections - one to call for the referendum and one to endorse the referendum - and would undermine our democracy.”

Reporting by Kate Holton and Stephen Addison

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