Published On: Tue, Aug 20th, 2019

Brexit news: Jacob Rees-Mogg takes sly dig at Donald Tusk tweet – ‘Hard to get nuance’ | UK | News

The Leader of the Commons explained that he was very “positive” about Boris Johnson’s coming talks with EU leaders, adding that Mr Johnson’s appeal to for a new withdrawal agreement was both “sensible” and “generous.” He said: “I’ve always thought that these problems can be solved with good will. Lots of work has been done on looking at borders and so on.

“The European Research Group have produced papers on this in the past and I think he (Boris) has made a very sensible and generous offer.

“So I think it’s very good news and very positive.”

But the Sky reporter replied that “Mr Tusk didn’t seem too positive this afternoon”, referring to the European Council President’s tweet declaring that “those against the backstop and not proposing realistic alternatives in fact support reestablishing a border.”

But Mr Rees-Mogg smirked at the question, before dryly replying with a raised eyebrow: “You’ve got to be careful with tweets.

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“People don’t necessarily get nuance into a small number of characters.”

With that, the Tory minister twirled on his heel and strode away.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson wrote to EU Council President Donald Tusk outlining his opposition to the Irish backstop element of the Withdrawal Agreement.

In his letter, Mr Johnson said his Government’s “highest priority” remains to leave with a deal, but this could not happen if the backstop remains part of the Withdrawal Agreement.

Mr Trump said he had held a “great discussion” with Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday.

It is not the first time Mr Trump has spoken of the potential for a trade agreement after Britain leaves the European Union, but came as a senior US politician warned that politicians could block a future deal if the Good Friday Agreement is undermined.

Mr Trump tweeted: “Great discussion with Prime Minister @BorisJohnson today. We talked about Brexit and how we can move rapidly on a US-UK free trade deal.

“I look forward to meeting with Boris this weekend, at the @G7, in France!”

The new resident of Number 10 spoke with his American counterpart in July, when Mr Trump said they were working on a “very substantial” post-Brexit trade agreement.

The president said: “You know we can do with the UK, we can do three to four times, we were actually impeded by their relationship with the European Union. We were very much impeded on trade.

“And I think we can do three to four or five times what we’re doing.”

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