Jacob Rees-Mogg was on the Today programme this morning to discuss Theresa May’s latest pitch to work with Jeremy Corbyn on a Brexit compromise. The ERG member was on familiar ground as he railed against this potential softer Brexit and the Remainer MPs who might make it possible, but sounded far less comfortable when, at the end of the interview, he was asked about his decision to retweet a clip made by the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party.
Asked by Mishal Husain whether this meant he supported other AfD positions, such as their anti-immigration and anti-Islam policies, Mogg sounded visibly annoyed, and went on the attack, saying:
‘Well I think this is typical of the BBC’s obsession, and dare I say it the Today programme obsession about this.’
He then went on to criticise a comparison the BBC presenter Jim Naughtie made between the ERG and France’s National Front. When pressed again by Husain about which of the AfD’s views he supported, Mogg told her:
‘You must be patient and not interrupt so much’, repeating his criticism that the BBC was obsessed with the topic which he said was ‘typical of the Today programme’s lefty approach.’
Not too surprisingly, the interview was terminated shortly afterwards.
Listen to the clash here: