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Jacob Rees-Mogg: “I backed Boris two years ago and I have never regretted my decision”

He is mocked as the Honourable Member for the 18th Century, but Rees-Mogg is increasingly influential. Prospect asked him about the failings of the Chequers meet, the chances of a no deal exit and whether he has his own leadership ambitions

By Alex Dean  

Rees-Mogg arrives at a "Leave Means Leave" event at Carlton House Terrace, London. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/PA Images

Not so long ago, though it seems difficult to imagine now, Jacob Rees-Mogg was a largely inconsequential politician. Those who had heard of him found his traditionalist persona amusing, there were a couple of memorable appearances on Have I Got News For You, but that’s as far as it went. The “Right Honourable Member for the 18th Century” was not thought of as someone who wielded real political power in the Conservative…

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