Rees-Mogg tells MPs he has ‘divided loyalties’ over the Euros

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Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg has told MPs he has “divided loyalties” when it comes to the Euros.

As well as England, thanks to his Welsh heritage and having drawn Scotland in a sweepstake, Mr Rees-Mogg said he is “looking forward to supporting whichever side does best” in the football championship.

Speaking during business questions on Thursday, he said: “The corridor of the Chairman of Ways and Means has a sweepstake and in the sweepstake I have been fortunate enough to draw Scotland.

“So I shall have very divided loyalties tomorrow but I’m glad to say that it is very encouraging for the Union.

Could he pass on my commiserations to the Prime Minister who I know is equally proud of his Turkish roots at the 2-0 defeat of Turkey last night?

“I was pleased to see Wales do well yesterday and the Rees side of me was coming to the fore, and I am looking forward to supporting whichever side does best because I have an interest in all three of them doing well.”

Ahead of the game between England and Scotland on Friday evening, Mr Rees-Mogg was asked by the SNP’s Owen Thompson (Midlothian): “Tomorrow both of our nations are independently represented at the Euros tomorrow evening, and while I have a dream I’m sure many would agree that neither the Leader or I would perhaps be the best example of who can boogie, but can he join with me in wishing both teams all the very best for a Scotland victory?”

Labour’s Kevin Brennan (Cardiff West) joked: “The Leader of the House is very proud of his Welsh roots and congratulated the Welsh team earlier on.

“Could he pass on my commiserations to the Prime Minister who I know is equally proud of his Turkish roots at the 2-0 defeat of Turkey last night?

“A good reminder to him that Wales are in the tournament which of course he didn’t realise last week.”

Mr Rees-Mogg referred to Mr Brennan’s “point about the Prime Minister’s Ottoman antecedents”, adding “though as the Ottoman Empire has fallen away, I have a feeling he was probably more behind Wales than Turkey”.

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