Rees-Mogg's comments regarding the civil service had "no basis in fact"by Stephanie Boland / February 1, 2018 / Leave a comment
Antoinette Sandbach has today accused her fellow Conservative Jacob Rees-Mogg of “attempting to malign a member of the public from the floor of the House of Commons.”
The Eddisbury MP also said Rees-Mogg had made “a very serious allegation about the conduct of the civil service” which had “no basis in fact.”
Her remarks follow a row over comments allegedly made by Charles Grant to Tory Brexit minister Steve Baker regarding an apparent attempt by the Civil Service to influence policy to stay in the EU customs union.
Speaking in the House of Commons, Mr Rees-Mogg asked Mr Baker if had heard that “officials in the Treasury have deliberately developed a model to show that all options other than staying in the customs union were bad and that officials intended to use this to influence policy.”
Mr Baker replied said this account was “essentially correct,” adding: “At the time I considered it implausible because my direct experience is that civil servants are extraordinarily careful to uphold the impartiality of the civil service.”