‘Clegg has MISSED the point!’ Rees-Mogg savages Remainer's bizarre attack with ONE point
JACOB Rees-Mogg has taken apart Nick Clegg's criticism of hard Brexit by explaining that the former deputy prime minister has "missed the point" as to why Britain will be better off without the EU.
Jacob Rees-Mogg unpicked Sir Nick Clegg's Remainer arguments in an incredible response to the Liberal Democrat's criticism of hard Brexit.
Sir Nick Clegg, who today joined forces with David Miliband and Nicky Morgan to thwart a hard Brexit, charged Mr Rees-Mogg with "unwittingly becoming a protectionist".
The former deputy prime minister stood alongside the Tory and Labour heavyweights to accuse Brexiteers like Boris Johnson and Mr Rees-Mogg of holding Britain to ransom over Brexit.
He told Nick Ferrari to ask the Brexiteer why he had become a protectionist and doomed Britain's economic stability.
Speaking earlier in the morning, Sir Nick said: "Ask him why he is unwittingly becoming a protectionist.
"I always thought Jacob Rees-Mogg believed in British traditions of free and open trade
"But he is casting aside our biggest neighbouring open markets for the wholly illusory benefit of agreeing to free trade deals with Papua New Guinea and other far-flung countries.
"He will be overseeing an immense wave of protectionism."
Mr Rees Mogg hit back at this argument, claiming simply "Sir Nick has missed the point".
He explained: "When we leave the European Union, we will be out of the protectionist customs union.
"The Customs Union applies tariffs of 22 percent on average on food, it's over 11 on clothing and footwear.
"Once we've left, we can get rid of these as a unilateral act.
"We will be free to open up our markets to the huge benefits of consumers.
"We have a real opportunity for free trade. That's where the benefits of leaving the European Union come from.
"That's why it's so essential to leave the customs union.
"The customs union protects, for example, Spanish orange growers at the expense of British consumers.
"Now, I wish Spanish orange growers every success and their oranges make lovely marmalade - that's all splendid.
"But I don't think my constituents in north-east Somerset should pay higher prices to protect continental producers.
"I'm the one for free trade. The customs union is a protectionist racket, protecting inefficient continental industries."
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