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Jacob Rees-Mogg, the Tory MP and Brexiteer, has made another media appearance on Monday morning, taking calls from the listeners of LBC Radio.

The leader of the House of Commons discussed many different issues on both Brexit and the suspension of parliament and didn't exactly pass with flying colours.

On the sensitive issue of EU nationals receiving a 'settled status,' Rees-Mogg claimed that at least a million people from the EU who are currently living in the UK.

This is in relation to a caller who cited an Observerarticle that reported that 42 per cent of EU citizens who applied for settled status in July were rejected.

In reply Rees-Mogg said:

A million people have got settled status. Thousands of people are getting it every day. 

The application is very straight-forward and is there to be as easy for people to use as possible but people still have to fill in the application form correctly.

A million people have already got it and I consider that a success and I'm afraid I don't view the Observer as holy write.

Rees-Mogg's false claim was soon called out on Twitter by Amelia Gentleman, the journalist who wrote the article, who pointed out that a million people do have 'some form of status' but only 64 per cent have settled status.

Elsewhere, Rees-Mogg managed to get into a row with a doctor who was part of the team that penned the no-deal Brexit Yellowhammer report.

Doctor David Nicol phoned in to ask the MP what mortality rate he would be happy with, in a no-deal scenario, to which he attempted to play down any fears.

I don't think there is any reason to suppose that a no-deal Brexit should lead to a mortality rate. 

I think this is the worst excess of Project Fear and I'm surprised that a doctor in your position would be fearmongering this way on public radio.

Nicol responded;

Can I remind you I wrote the plans of mitigation.

This prompted Rees-Mogg to call Nicol a 'remoaner' and 'irresponsible.'

Well, you didn't write very good plans if you hadn't worked out how to mitigate, had you?

It's fortunate they are being written by other people now who are serious about mitigating rather than Remoaners.

It's deeply irresponsible Dr Nicol for you to call in and try to spread fear across the country. It's typical of Remainer campaigners and you should be quite ashamed.

Another point of contention was that Rees-Mogg outright claimed that holding a second referendum on the UK's EU status would not work because it would overturn the result of the 2016 referendum.

A caller asked him if he still felt the referendum was relevant, given all the new information which is out there. Rees-Mogg responded by saying:

The problem with that is that would overturn the result that we've already had because this has been decided...

And if you have a second vote, say it goes the other way, do you then have a third vote? When do you stop?

On what basis should the second vote outweigh the first vote?

This statement didn't exactly thrill people either.

You can watch Rees-Mogg's entire appearance on LBC in the video below.

HT LBC

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