British Prime Minister Makes Rees-Mogg Minister for Brexit Chances
Influential British parliamentarian Jacob Rees-Mogg has been appointed minister for Brexit opportunities and government efficiency.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has pushed back government posts in an attempt to calm discontent in his Conservative Party. Several Johnson employees were replaced last week.
Many MPs are not happy about partygate, the affair surrounding numerous lockdown parties in Johnson’s official residence that may have violated corona rules. A group within the party had demanded that Johnson do more to emphasize the positive consequences of Britain’s departure from the European Union.
Loyal Rees-Mogg can now get the job done. The 52-year-old is known as an eccentric but influential member of the extremely conservative wing of the Tory party. He said of fisheries provisions in the Brexit agreement: “It is crucial that we have our fish back. They are now British fish, and therefore better and happier fish.” Foreign Minister Liz Truss continues to lead Brexit negotiations with the EU.
Until now, Rees-Mogg had a coordinating role in the British House of Commons on behalf of the government. Mark Spencer will take over that position, who as ‘Chief Whip’ was responsible for group discipline within the Conservative faction. His job will be taken over by Johnson’s ally Chris Heaton-Harris, who has spent the past few months trying to talk party members into ensuring their support for Johnson at partygate.