Jacob Rees-Mogg has accused officials working for the Treasury of ‘fiddling the figures’ relating to Brexit in an attempt to keep Britain in the customs union.
Talking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Mr. Rees-Mogg, now the leader of the eurosceptic European Research Group, said ‘If you look at the forecasts the Treasury made before the referendum, they were a humiliation.
‘They were clearly politically influenced.’
He went on to say that ‘it was politically advantageous for [the Treasury to make forecasts] in the past [during the referendum campaign]. It is the same now. So yes, I do think they are fiddling the figures.’
The Treasury has declined these accusations and has claimed it is interested only in attaining the best deal for Britain vis-à-vis Brexit.
This comes just before the next round of negotiations between Britain and the EU begin, on February 6.