Oonagh Keating. Updated February 14th, 2022
Jacob Rees-Mogg has really settled into his job as Secretary of State for Unicorns and Sunlit Uplands, or Minister of State for Brexit Opportunities and Government Efficiency, as it’s known to people who are better at keeping a straight face than I am.
It may take 50 years to see the benefits of Jacob Rees-Mogg as Brexit minister
— Henry Mance (@henrymance) February 8, 2022
Why do we need a Brexit benefits minister?
Aka. Jacob Rees Mogg.
If as promised the benefits would be amazing, sure they would be self evident.
We shouldn’t need someone to point them out or even worse, have to search them out.
Just a thought.
— clickylad (@cleckylad) February 13, 2022
Just six short years after he traveled the country and haunted every news studio, telling the UK of the wonderful benefits that leaving the EU would bring them, he’s out there with his sleeves rolled up – metaphorically – trying to find one that exists.
Last week, he asked readers of *checks notes* The Sun to share the benefits they have identified.
Of course, that resulted in a Twitter free for all.
1st day on the job as new Minister for Brexit Opportunities
And Jacob-Rees Mogg has opted to delegate his entire role
…to The Sun readers https://t.co/v1LWyvCplN
— Marina Purkiss (@MarinaPurkiss) February 10, 2022
Jacob Rees-Mogg turning into readers of The Sun to write to him with examples of EU laws they would like to see repealed is simultaneously one of the funniest and saddest things I’ve seen in a while. Can you imagine opening that mailbag?
— John Cotter (@John_Cotter) February 10, 2022
EXCLUSIVE: Live picture of Johnson wheeling Sun readers to Jacob Rees-Mogg’s palace, where they will be set to work mining for Brexit benefits. pic.twitter.com/QfqWgBZIcv
— Jim Whitehouse………………………… 🌲 (@NibblerRat) February 13, 2022
But things must be looking up, and not just because people are rolling their eyes to heaven, since Rees-Mogg has vowed to reveal the benefits soon – and not in 50 years, like he said after the referendum.
— Allie Hodgkins-Brown (@AllieHBNews) February 12, 2022
The Express splash got quite a bit of attention.
Brace yourselves, Brexit benefits imminent! pic.twitter.com/XbcPWEfKZw
— THE SECRET TORY (@secrettory12) February 13, 2022
one for the archives pic.twitter.com/cunE3h5HrJ
— Jim Pickard (@PickardJE) February 13, 2022
This is delusional. Brexit has cost the UK £billions in lost trade, investment and growth.
It’s compounded the Tory cost of living crisis by increasing costs, destroying jobs and squeezing incomes – and it’s stripped people’s rights away. There are no wins – let alone big ones. pic.twitter.com/tzMEPQ7FT3
— Ian Blackford (@Ianblackford_MP) February 12, 2022
— •• (@agirlcalledlina) February 13, 2022
It occurs to me that this is going to become like the football, isn’t it? In 2046, Brexiteers will be singing “30 years of hurt, never stopped me dreaming” and “Brexit’s coming home.” pic.twitter.com/afEpskIuoi
— John Cotter (@John_Cotter) February 12, 2022
Do you think Express readers ever, just quietly, think to themselves “I wonder if my paper is lying to me”? pic.twitter.com/4u1nhFIqtY
— Jonathan Banks (@Jonathan_MBanks) February 13, 2022
After the biggest peacetime annual fall in British exports – down £20 billion to the EU in 2021 compared to pre-pandemic, pre-Brexit 2019 – the Express and Jacob Rees-Mogg declare “Brexit will transform Britain” they’re right. It’s an intensifying disaster. pic.twitter.com/FRmu1FBq80
— Will Hutton (@williamnhutton) February 13, 2022