April 2, 2019 / 6:44 PM / in 16 days

'Deeply unsatisfactory': Rees-Mogg attacks PM May's new Brexit plan

FILE PHOTO: Jacob Rees-Mogg walks towards the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain, March 27, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville

LONDON (Reuters) - Jacob Rees-Mogg, a leading hardline Brexiteer in Theresa May’s Conservative Party, attacked her plan to further delay Brexit so she can work with the opposition Labour party to break the impasse over Britain’s departure.

“This is a deeply unsatisfactory approach. It is not in the interests of the country, it fails to deliver on the referendum result and history doesn’t bode well for it,” Rees-Mogg told reporters after a meeting of the Conservative eurosceptic group.

“You do find that leaders who decide to go with the opposition rather than their own party find that their party do not tamely follow,” he said, citing the example of a major 19th century Conservative split over laws on the import of corn.

Reporting by William James, writing by Andy Bruce; editing by Stephen Addison

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