Cliff Taylor: Calling Jacob Rees-Mogg’s double-bluff on Border

MP’s Brexit remarks like saying England should play World Cup with an oval ball

Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg: engaging in a tactic to try to blame somebody else for the consequences of Brexit.  Photograph: PA

Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg: engaging in a tactic to try to blame somebody else for the consequences of Brexit. Photograph: PA

In the long-running British TV show Call My Bluff , one team of “celebrity” contestants presents an obscure word and gives three competing definitions, two of which are bluffs and one true. The other team must guess whether the word in question is, say, a lesser-known type of grain, a piece of equipment used in lacrosse or a Venezuelan sea eagle.

Jacob Rees-Mogg’s claim that the UK should “call Ireland’s bluff” on the question of the Border after Brexit is surely, itself, a bluff. It is a tactic to try to blame somebody else for the consequences of Brexit. And it is relevant because it shows the pressure Theresa May is under from a wing of the party which continues to claim, albeit a bit less loudly these day, that Brexit can be a success and that the UK can have it every way.

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