Watch: Jacob Rees-Mogg described as ‘travelling salesman for independence’ as he rides Zip World in tweed suit
Jacob Rees-Mogg has been described as a “travelling salesman for independence” as he rode Zip World in Wales in a tweed suit.
The Leader of the House of Commons however said he detected no appetite for a breakaway. He visited Gareth Wyn Jones’s farm in Llanfairfechan, the Aber Falls whisky and gin distillery in Abergwyngregyn, and rode Zip World in Bethesda in a tweet suit.
But while Jacob Rees-Mogg said that he had not detected anyone “banging the drum” for independence, Dwyfor-Meirionydd MP Liz Saville-Roberts said that his presence would drive up support for a breakaway.
“Etonian multi-millionaire hedge fund investor Jacob Rees-Mogg couldn’t be more out of touch with the people of north Wales if he tried,” she said.
“I hope he visits us again soon – he’s a travelling salesman for independence.”
Jacob Rees-Mogg however told the Daily Post that on independence, “from visits I’ve been doing so far, there’s been nobody banging that particular drum.
“During the pandemic the balance sheet of the UK meant we could spend £407 billion across the whole of the United Kingdom (in Covid support) to protect jobs and businesses and ensure businesses could revive once restrictions were lifted,” he said.
“No component part of the UK could have done that on its own. And the vaccine was a UK wide project.
“Since we left the EU, people are seeing how important it is to all of us (to have a united UK) whilst respecting we all have our differences.”
He also suggested that Prime Minister Boris Johnson might make a special effort to ‘level up’ the north of Wales – because he stood for parliament in Clwyd South in 1997.
“One does have a huge affection for where one stood for Parliament,” he said.
“I’m sure the PM has a particular affection for Clwyd South. But levelling up is about the whole of the UK.
“It’s things like the UK Internal Markets Bill which will allow decisions to be taken, and money to be spent, which protects and enhances the whole of the UK, rather than being English-focussed.”