Jacob Rees-Mogg was interviewed by GB News Presenter Mark Dolan on Sunday evening to discuss the benefits of Brexit. Mr Dolan said: “We’ve seen how impotent the EU and Brussels have been in regard to Ukraine”.
Jacob Rees-Mogg said he believed what Mr Dolan said was “fundamentally important”.
Last week Zbynek Stanjura, the Czech finance minister, said it was “hard to look Ukraine in the eye” and made an urgent call for fellow European Union to ensure Ukraine received €18billion (£15.7bn) in financial assistance.
He said: “It’s very difficult to look the Ukrainian ministers in the eye and explain to them why we’re incapable of honouring the promises made by our heads of state and government.”
It comes after the EU promised Ukraine €9billion (£7bn) in aid but the country has only received €3billion (£2.6bn), and Ukraine’s President Zelensky has said the remaining aid is “critically needed this year”.
The European Commission’s executive vice president, Valdis Dombrovskis, has said finance ministers have agreed to “move ahead with an assistance package” of €18billion (£15.7bn) and added there has been an “extensive discussion” on the promised €9billion (£7bn).
The vice president added: “We expect the next payment of two and a half billion euros to reach Kyiv by the end of this month.”
Speaking on GB News on Sunday evening, Mr Rees-Mogg said: “I think had we been a member of the European Union in February of this year…we would not actually have been able to do what we did to arm Ukraine, to help Ukraine and to set a framework to allow Ukraine to be so successful.”
The MP added; “That would’ve been one of the biggest defeats for the Western world and for Western values in modern history.
“That is a really important consequence of not being in the European Union.”
Mark Dolan confirmed with the MP that Brexit has helped Ukriane’s battle with Russia, to which Mr Rees-Mogg replied: “Fundamentally. I think this is of great importance and much undercommented on.
“I think it allowed British foreign policy led by Boris Johnson to work through policies that have helped Ukraine.”
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Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited Ukraine several times since the war broke out, and President Zelensky expressed his “sadness” when Mr Johnson resigned.
During his resignation speech, Mr Johnson said Britain’s support for Ukraine was one of his key achievements as leader and said: “Let me say now, to the people of Ukraine, that I know that we in the UK will continue to back your fight for freedom for as long as it takes.”
Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov welcomed news of Mr Johnson’s resignation, and said Mr Johnson “really does not like us – and we [do not like] him either”.
This week, the new Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has vowed to “call out” Russia for its war on Ukraine when he encounters the Russian foreign secretary at the G20 summit.
He said “Putin’s war has caused devastation around the world, destroying lives and plunging the international economy into turmoil.
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“This G20 summit will not be business as usual. We will call out Putin’s regime and lay bare their utter contempt for the kind of international cooperation and respect for sovereignty that forums like the G20 represent.”
A spokesman for the Prime Minister said Sunak will “ensure the Russian government reckons with the devastation they are causing to Ukraine, to their country and to the world”.
GB News Presenter Mark Dolan asked Mr Rees-Mogg his thoughts on the new Prime Minister, saying, “You’ve described him in the past as a bad Chancellor, will he be a better Prime Minister?”
Mr Rees-Mogg replied: “I’m going to support Rishi Sunak as Prime Minister because the Conservative party needs to unite around somebody.
“The Conservative party has done itself no favours by defenestrating from one Prime Minister after another.”