A Brexit compromise? In conversation with Jacob Rees-Mogg MP

Tuesday, 24th April 2018 12:00 to 1:30 pm (GMT) London, GB

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On 24th April at 1pm in room CR10 of the House of Commons, Open Europe’s Director Henry Newman will be discussing Brexit, the EU and Conservative party politics with Jacob Rees-Mogg MP.

Earlier this year, Jacob was elected chair of the influential European Research Group (ERG) of Conservative MPs. The Eurosceptic group – which has been around since the 1990s – took on a new importance in the run up to the 2016 referendum and especially since the decision to leave the European Union. A recent open letter to the Prime Minister, urging her to stick to the policies set out in her Lancaster House speech, was signed by ERG members including over 60 Conservative MPs

During the negotiations, Jacob has warned of a Brexit In Name Only (BRINO), complained that Britain could be reduced to a “vassal state” during the transition period, and suggested that the Prime Minister’s red lines are “looking a little bit pink.” Yet Brexit will inevitably involve compromises on both sides of the negotiating table. Where should these compromises come?

Areas for discussion include:

  • What compromises would Jacob be willing to support in order to secure a good trade deal with the EU?
  • Would Jacob support a future immigration policy which gave preferential access to EU nationals, in return for a deeper trade deal?
  • Under what circumstances could Jacob envisage voting against any deal reached with the EU?
  • Would UK participation in EU agencies be acceptable given the role of the ECJ?
  • How can the Conservative party overcome its divisions over Brexit?

Given his position as chair of the ERG, Jacob is in a powerful position as a backbencher. He has significant influence over a large group of Conservative MPs, whose support the Government relies on for delivery of its parliamentary business and – perhaps – ultimately passing whatever Brexit deal is agreed in the autumn with the EU.


Airport style searches are in place at the Houses of Parliament. Please leave plenty of time to pass through security. Read more at www.parliament.uk/visiting/access/security. Entrance will be via Cromwell Green. For security reasons please make sure to bring your ticket.


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