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Podcast: Jacob Rees-Mogg on why Catholics should think twice before voting to remain in the EU

Jacob Rees-Mogg speaks during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons, London, (PA)

Should Britain remain in the EU? Our cardinal certainly thinks so. Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols recently said that the path to division “almost inevitably leads to further division”.

Speaking after the annual spring meeting of bishops, the cardinal said: “There is a long tradition in Christianity and Catholicism in particular of believing in holding things together. So the Catholic stance towards an effort such as the EU is largely supportive.

“If the vote was to leave Europe I think we would face more complex problems and greater difficulty in finding our role in response to it than we would by playing an active and vigorous part with partners within the EU.”

Meanwhile Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor wrote in article for the Spectator magazine “I wish Britain to remain a part of the European community and cooperate … to build a union that is greater than the sum of its parts”.

But Jacob Rees-Mogg, MP for North-East Somerset disagrees and has emerged as the star of the Leave Campaign, saying “Those who want to vote Leave have a passion for freedom, while the Remainers merely say ‘always keep a hold of nurse for fear of finding something worse’.”

I telephoned him to find out more. Enjoy!

01:40 What is the problem with the European Arrest Warrant?

02:58 Why not just argue for a reformed European Union?

04:36 How does the European Commission work?

05:55 Is voter turnout the problem?

06:54 Would the poor be hit hardest by Brexit?

08:28 Is it concerning that the Pope seems to be against Brexit?

09:25 Is the EU’s a Godless institution?

11:12 Are Catholic values more likely to flourish in the EU?

12:48 A doorstep pitch to a Catholic from Jacob

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