IT’S MERKEL’S FAULT! Top Tory Brexiteer skewers Chancellor over EU migrant deal

Angela Merkel, Theresa May, Jacob Rees-Mogg

A LEADING Brexiteer has claimed Angela Merkel is delaying Britain’s European Union divorce by refusing to negotiate a deal on the fate of European migrants.

He said: “It’s a great pity that Mrs Merkel, for domestic German political reasons, is refusing to do an immediate deal on this.

“I’m all in favour. It’s a reality, I think everyone will stay and they should not worry.”

However, he cast doubt on the ability of the Home Office to handle the pressure of mass deportations, if a compromise is not reached between the Prime Minister and Brussels.

“The Home Office can barely deport five criminals at the end of their sentence,” Mr Rees-Mogg added.

“The idea that it can deport three million people is bonkers and people should know that – it won’t happen.”

This comes as former Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman is battling for the backing of Conservatives for an amendment which guarantees the rights of the EU nationals living in Britain before the June 23 referendum last year.

The amendment already has the backing of the Lib Dems, SNP and the one Green MP – although it would need the support of a number of Tories for it to pass.

The Labour MP said: “It is unthinkable they would be deported, their families divided because we have decided to leave the EU.”

Angela MerkelGETTY

Mrs Merkel has been accused of playing politics with the lives of EU migrants

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