Jacob Rees-Mogg: Barnier and I agree May’s plan won’t fly

LONDON — Jacob Rees-Mogg declared himself in total agreement with Michel Barnier — that Theresa May’s Brexit plan isn’t going to fly.

The leading Brexiteer MP, who opposes May’s so-called Chequers proposals to follow a “common rulebook” with the EU on trade and the regulation of goods, met the EU’s chief negotiator in Brussels Monday alongside other members of the British House of Commons’ committee on exiting the EU.

Barnier has also expressed opposition to May’s Chequers proposals, saying that by allowing the U.K. to “pick pieces” of the single market, such a deal “would be the end of the single market and the European project.”

“Mr. Barnier is clear that the common rulebook and customs proposals put forward at Chequers will not work,” Rees-Mogg told POLITICO. “I agree with him.”

Rees-Mogg and allies prefer a more distant relationship with the EU, akin to the bloc’s free trade agreement with Canada.

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