Putin would have invaded Ukraine 'successfully' without Brexit, says Rees-Mogg
Jacob Rees-Mogg, the Conservative MP and GB News host who was the minister for Brexit opportunities under Boris Johnson’s government, has offered up another questionable ‘benefit’ of the UK’s exit from the European Union – this time claiming our departure made it “impossible for [Russia’s president Vladimir] Putin to succeed” in illegally invading Ukraine.
Rees-Mogg continued: “Putin would probably have invaded Ukraine successfully if the UK had been bound in by the requirement of sincere cooperation and had had to follow a Franco-German line in dealing with Russia – which is what we did in 2014.”
The reference to 2014 concerns Russia’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine that year, while “sincere cooperation” is a nod to the requirement of “mutual sincere cooperation” between EU member states in Article 13 of the Treaty of the European Union.
When asked by Ridge if his comments meant he believed Putin would have successfully invaded Ukraine if we remained an EU member post-2020, Rees-Mogg replied: “I think the leadership shown by Boris Johnson - which he could only do because he was not bound by sincere cooperation – ensured that a coalition was set up which made it impossible for Putin to succeed.
“I think if that hadn’t been the case - we’d been bound by this concept of sincere cooperation – we would have had the mucky compromise that was delivered in 2014 when Russia invaded the Crimea.”
If you’re left feeling baffled by Rees-Mogg’s remarks, then you’re not alone, as the MP’s comments were soon branded “insulting” and “narcissistic” by Twitter users:
\u201cOmfg Jacob Rees-Mogg claims Brexit stopped invasion of Ukraine succeeding. I\u2019ll think you\u2019ll find the will & fight of the Ukrainian people did that! How absolutely narcissistic do you have to be to claim your policies stopped an invasion of another country? Seriously WTAF!\u201d
\u201cCould this fool get any more insulting and ridiculous?\n\nBrexit stopped Ukraine invasion from succeeding, Jacob Rees-Mogg says\n\n#ToriesOut311 #Sunackered #GeneralElectionNow \n\nhttps://t.co/lTEiYX07II\u201d
\u201cThis appeared on my timeline at the same time as Jacob Rees-Mogg\u2019s claim that Brexit somehow saved Ukraine. There is literally nothing about which the mewling pencil will not lie. But as with his hero Trump, it seems to endear him even more to his marks.\u201d
\u201cThe Brexit fantasy has no limits. Here is Jacob Rees-Mogg claiming that Brexit stopped Russia from succeeding in Ukraine because it allowed UK freedom to lead. US leadership, money and arms? NATO? Would EU prevent UK action? He lives on planet Bonkers. https://t.co/fKLTMotIzX\u201d
\u201cAbsolute horseshit. He opens his mouth, and the lies simply fall out.\n\nhttps://t.co/K9UK9OJ26U\u201d
— getnorthern - \u201ca discrace to Britain\u201d, \u201cshitbag\u201d. (@getnorthern - \u201ca discrace to Britain\u201d, \u201cshitbag\u201d.)
The responses online ridiculing Rees-Mogg means the politician has suffered a second humiliating roasting this week, after BBC Today presenter Nick Robinson made a dig at his low viewership on GB News during Thursday’s edition of the Radio 4 programme.
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