Updated on Sep 4, 2019. Posted on Sep 3, 2019

    Jacob Rees-Mogg Stretched Out In Parliament For The Brexit Debate And Now It’s A Massive Meme

    Opposition politicians yelled at the Leader of Commons to “Sit up man!”

    If you don’t already know, this is Jacob Rees-Mogg, the double-breasted suit–wearing politician straight out of Conservative party central casting. He’s also the Leader of the House of Commons.

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    On Tuesday night, Rees-Mogg and the government lost a crucial Brexit vote, after an alliance of rebels successfully took control of Parliament as part of a bid to rule out a no-deal Brexit.

    But during the debate, Rees-Mogg’s approach to stretching out across the front bench had everyone absolutely baffled. Green MP Caroline Lucas was scathing.

    This is the moment MPs shout at @Jacob_Rees_Mogg to 'sit up' after his body language and attitude during the ongoing Brexit debate is criticised by Green Party MP @CarolineLucas. Read more: https://t.co/90kFy4Ea1q

    “The Leader of the House with his body language this evening has been so contemptuous of this House and of the people,” Lucas said.

    The physical embodiment of arrogance, entitlement, disrespect and contempt for our parliament.

    “For the benefit of Hansard the Leader of the House has been spread across around three seats lying out as if that was something very boring for him to listen to tonight.”

    Like my desk, this is not a good look.

    It’s worth noting that MPs sometimes lounge in order to put their ears close to the small speakers at the end of the benches.

    BBC Parliament

    But those in the know suggest there aren’t any speakers where Rees-Mogg was laid out.

    Looks like I was wrong. No speaker there!

    So of course it’s become an iconic image of the evening.

    "Paint me like one of your French girls"

    me: please don’t spend the last of our money on expensive chocolate that you shouldn’t eat for dairy reasons me after checking out:

    I’d like to bring something to Westminster’s attention

    When one has had an elegant sufficiency at 3-shots-for-a-quid night, yet also had the monstrous good fortune to obtain sole occupancy of rearmost couch on the homeward omnibus.


    JRM appears to have a slow puncture.

    At the end of the debate, and with the historic vote handed down, Independent MP Anna Soubry couldn’t help one last dig: “Tonight’s vote made even the leader of the house sit up.”




    Mark Di Stefano is a media and politics correspondent for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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