The European Union (EU) has been likened to a fruitcake by Jacob Rees-Mogg in a scathing assessment of the bloc’s bosses – and he also revealed his favourite baked good while taking a swipe at Ed Miliband.
The Tory Brexiteer last week stepped up his criticism of the EU as he took a leaf out of Margaret Thatcher’s book and declared he likes having his cake and “baking bigger cakes”.
Chiefs at the Brussels club have repeatedly said there will be “no cherry-picking” during Brexit negotiations with regards to the UK staying in the single market yet also putting limits on EU immigration.
Now, the eccentric North East Somerset MP has upped the ante even more by revealing what kind of cake the EU would be.
In a damning verdict of the bloc, he told Express.co.uk: “Oh fruitcake, of course.”
Cake has featured prominently as Brexit gets underway with Brussels repeatedly saying the UK cannot have its cake and eat it in reference to the single market and freedom of movement.
Mr Rees-Mogg’s evaluation comes after comments last weekend in which he took another swipe at the EU, saying: “I like cake, I like eating it, I like having it and I like baking bigger cakes, which was Margaret Thatcher’s great saying.
“I think it’s true – economically you want to bake a bigger cake rather than slicing up an existing cake differently.”
His comments placed him at odds with Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, who said Britain accepts it cannot have its cake and eat it when negotiating a Brexit deal.
Mr Rees-Mogg, who welcomed his sixth child last week, also revealed he is not just a fan of the cake analogy, but of the baked goods themselves – when they are made by his family nanny, Veronica Crook, who has worked for the Rees-Moggs for 52 years.
He said: “Cake! I love cake!
“And very good fairy cakes as well, little ones, not those absurd ones with too much icing when you can’t take one mouthful – it’s almost as bad as eating a bacon sandwich if you’re leader of the opposition.
“So, those little cakes and sponge cakes with lots of icing.”