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Telegraph: Failed clean Brexit would be biggest 
’national humiliation’ since the Suez crisis, MPs will warn

Date: 24 03 2018

Failed clean Brexit would be biggest 
’national humiliation’ since the Suez crisis, MPs will warn

Britain will suffer its biggest 
“national humiliation” since the Suez crisis if the Government fails to deliver a clean Brexit, the leader of a 60-strong group of Eurosceptic Conservative MPs will warn this week.

In a speech on Thursday marking a year until the day of the UK’s official
 departure from the EU, Jacob Rees-Mogg is expected to say that if the country were “not to leave” or to find that the “transition” period became a permanent arrangement, it would cause “the most almighty smash to the national psyche that could be imagined”.

It comes after EU leaders agreed details of a transition period that keeps the UK in the single market and customs union for 21 months after Brexit on March 29 2019.

Two parliamentary committees want that period to be extended.

Britain will suffer its biggest 
“national humiliation” since the Suez crisis if the Government fails to deliver a clean Brexit, the leader of a 60-strong group of Eurosceptic Conservative MPs will warn this week.

In a speech on Thursday marking a year until the day of the UK’s official
 departure from the EU, Jacob Rees-Mogg is expected to say that if the country were “not to leave” or to find that the “transition” period became a permanent arrangement, it would cause “the most almighty smash to the national psyche that could be imagined”.

It comes after EU leaders agreed details of a transition period that keeps the UK in the single market and customs union for 21 months after Brexit on March 29 2019.

Two parliamentary committees want that period to be extended.

Addressing a Leave Means Leave campaign event in London, Mr Rees-Mogg will state that Britain’s disastrous intervention in Egypt in 1956, which led to the resignation of Anthony Eden as prime minister, “affected the nation’s view of itself until Margaret Thatcher became prime minister”.

Mr Rees-Mogg will say: “What would that mean for this nation? If we were not to leave, if we were to find a transition bound us back in? Well it would be Suez all over again. It would be the most almighty smash to the national psyche that could be imagined.

“It would be an admission of abject failure, a view of our politicians, of our leaders, of our establishment that we were not fit, that we were too craven, that we were too weak to be able to govern ourselves.”     

March 24th, 2018: Telegraph