‘Jacob Rees-Mogg should NOT become prime minister’ according to his Brexit Party MEP SISTER – who says that European citizens who leave after the UK quits the EU can be replaced by people ‘from Botswana’
- Annunziata Rees-Mogg became a Brexit Party in last week’s European election
- The politician said becoming the UK’s leader is ‘not a life I would wish on anyone’
- Suggested non-EU immigrants could replace EU nationals who leave after Brexit
Jacob Rees-Mogg should not become prime minister because it is a ‘miserable lifestyle’ – according to his own sister.
Annunziata Rees-Mogg, who became a Brexit Party MEP in last week’s European election, praised her hardline Brexiteer brother and said that becoming the UK’s leader is ‘not a life I would wish on anyone’.
The 40-year-old also claimed that staffing shortages caused by EU citizens who were forced to return home after Brexit could be solved by getting in people ‘from Botswana’, in an interview with the Times.
The Lincoln-based politician, who once stood as a Tory candidate at a general election, became an MEP for the East Midlands last week as Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party won more seats than any other party.
Mr Rees-Mogg, the European Research Group chairman, has already indicated he would not stand in the race to replace Theresa May but has not ruled out standing for party leader at some point.
Asked if her brother should be prime minister, Annunziata said: ‘No, because I adore his wife and children and I think it’s a miserable life for anyone.
‘He’s an extremely capable person, but it’s not a life I would wish on anyone.’
The Lincoln-based politician became an MEP for the East Midlands last week as Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party won more seats than any other party
Ms Rees-Mogg said she would not want her brother to be prime minister because of the ‘miserable lifestyle’ it creates
On immigration she said: ‘There’s a big world out there. Where we’ve got shortages, obviously we will have to fill them, but it doesn’t just have to be from Italy. It could be from Botswana’
She told the paper that Brexit had taken a personal toll on her Somerset MP brother, adding: ‘I saw the lifestyle that my brother had, the huge amount of work and dedication, but to the detriment of his family life.
‘He makes immense efforts and is a wonderful father, actually. My eight-year-old thinks he’s the most hilarious man ever.’
Ms Rees-Mogg was unveiled as the Brexit Party’s star candidate earlier this year.
The 40-year-old married mother of two last appeared on the political stage in 2010 as the Tory candidate in Somerton and Froome, losing the Somerset seat to the Lib Dems by less than 2,000 votes.
Ahead of the poll it was claimed David Cameron asked her to shorten her name to Nancy Mogg – but she refused and later claimed ‘I think it’s phoney to pretend to be someone you’re not’.
Annunziata married former soldier Matthew Glanville in 2010 and they have two daughters, Isadora, 8 and 14-month -old Molly.
In her interview with the Times the Brexit Party MEP downplayed the risk of staff shortages after Brexit, if there is an exodus of EU citizens from countries like Italy.
She told the paper: ‘There’s a big world out there.
‘Where we’ve got shortages, obviously we will have to fill them, but it doesn’t just have to be from Italy. It could be from Botswana.’
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