Jacob Rees-Mogg Takes On Caller Who Calls Brexit Dividend Imaginary

25 June 2018, 10:31 | Updated: 25 June 2018, 10:47

Jacob Rees-Mogg turned up the heat on a caller who said the Brexit dividend is a "figment of the imagination".

A caller who likened the Brexit dividend to "fairies at the bottom of the garden" told Jacob Rees-Mogg he thought the dividend was "every bit as misleading as the £350 million on the side of the bus."

But the Tory hit back: "They're your fairies, not mine."

"We've got a history of people who want to keep us in the European Union, inventing figures," he said.

Jacob Rees-Mogg
Jacob Rees-Mogg. Picture: LBC

Jonathon responded: "The budget deficit, Mr Rees-Mogg, is the balance between two very large numbers and is a very difficult number to forecast.

"But the fact is, before the referendum, 88% of economists said it would be best to remain in the EU.

"If you're going to be like Michael Gove and say the country's had enough of experts, then there's not a lot I can do for you, Mr Rees-Mogg."

Mr Rees-Mogg hit back: "You excuse the OBR [Office for Budget Responsibility] on getting its figures wrong on the basis it's a small difference between two big figures, but you think an even smaller proportional difference over an even bigger figure they can get right.

"I think you ought to reconsider your position and go through the facts."

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