Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg has appeared to call for unity between the Conservative Party and the Brexit party following the Peterborough by-election that ended with a Labour Victory.
To emphasise his point the Tory backbencher said words first spoken by Jesus and found in the Gospel of Matthew, later made even more well known by Abraham Lincoln’s House Divided Speech he said: “Houses that are divided amongst themselves cannot stand.”
Speaking on his LBC show in regards to the Peterborough by-election Mr Rees-Mogg said: “I think it’s a day to record our gratitude to Mrs May for the leadership that she has given to the Tory Party and to look forward now to a new leader coming on. And we had the by-election result in Peterborough, which was not a success for the Tories. We came third with 21% of the vote, Labour won with 31% of the vote.
“But Mike Greene of the Brexit Party got 29 %, a very close second in a seat that had always been Tory-Labour before.
“And what’s so interesting is that if the Brexit parties, that is to say the Conservative Party and the Brexit Party itself had been together, it would have been a huge majority for Brexit.
“But sadly, houses that are divided amongst themselves cannot stand.”
Just yesterday the Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage arrived outside number 10 Downing Street to demand a seat at the negotiating table with the European Union.
The former UKIP leader wrote a letter to the Prime Minister, it reads:
“Dear Prime Minister, As you know the Brexit party won the European elections by a very substantial margin.
“We stood on a clear platform with three simple messages:
“1. Restore trust in democracy
2. A WTO Brexit
3. Some of our elected MEPs to play a significant role on the negotiating team from here.”
The letter continued: “We now have the most recent and winning democratic mandate on Brexit. If the first past the post system had been used, we would have a parliamentary majority of over 240 seats.
“The electorate have asked for us to come into the negotiating team and we are ready to do so immediately. This is especially the case given the lack of activity and focus due to the leadership contest we should firstly review the state of No Deal preparations and help advance them as required, to give confidence to the nation that we will be fully ready.
“I trust you will agree that the country should not suffer the further uncertainty of having to beg for another delay beyond the 31st of October 2019.
“We look forward to hearing from you”
The letter is finished with the signature from Nigel Farage the leader of the Brexit Party.
So far there has been no mention of any form of cooperation between the leadership of the Brexit Party and the Conservative Party, the Conservative Party is now seeking to elect a new leader throwing Possible talks or negotiation into further question.
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