JK Rowling hits out at Jacob Rees-Mogg on Twitter

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The Harry Potter scribe is no fan of Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg, as her latest Twitter retort shows

One of the many reasons we love JK Rowling is the way in which she owns her feelings on Twitter.

While many people in the public eye shy away from airing their opinions, the Harry Potter author jumps in with both feet.

This weekend was no exception, as Rowling weighed in on the Brexit crisis currently engulfing the UK.

After lead Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg proclaimed that “no deal is better than a bad deal” for Britain leaving the EU, Rowling issued a swift and fiery comeback: 

Rees-Mogg was the first of Theresa May’s colleagues to call for a vote of no confidence in the prime minister last week, after rejecting the terms of the Brexit deal she secured from Brussels. 

It was a direct challenge on the most tumultuous day of May’s leadership to date, but it has not yet triggered the leadership vote that Rees-Mogg wanted (48 letters from Tory politicians are needed to do this, and only 20 have been received so far).

No matter where your politics lie, many people have objected to the fact that Rees-Mogg, as a multi-millionaire, is trying to influence the direction of Brexit.

As Rowling so succinctly notes, he’s aggravating the debate and stirring up chaos when he of all people will be least affected by the outcome of the current deadlock.

Lead Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg

Rowling, who has always been a vocal Remain campaigner, also re-tweeted a reply to Rees-Mogg from journalist Marina Hyde that read: “Well you and Nanny will be ok, and I guess that’s the main thing”.

Unsurprisingly, the author’s scathing riposte went down a storm on Twitter:

Now, if only we could effect a little Potter-style wizardry to sort the whole Brexit headache out (as one Tweeter points out), we’d be sorted.

Where’s a non-Muggle when you need one?

Images: Getty


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Anna Brech

Anna Brech is a freelance journalist and former editor for Her six-year stint on the site saw her develop a vociferous appetite for live Analytics, feminist opinion and good-quality gin in roughly equal measure. She enjoys writing across all areas of women’s lifestyle content but has a soft spot for books and escapist travel content.