Piers Morgan fury: How GMB host dubbed Keir Starmer Brexit policy a ‘threat to democracy’03/10/2020
The row came as MPs backed a bill aimed at blocking Prime Minister Boris Johnson from leaving the EU without a Brexit deal and potentially scuppering his Brexit plans. But Piers Morgan took issue with this, hinting that a “Remainer Parliament” could be attempting to stop Brexit from happening at all. In September, the GMB host put his questions to Labour Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer, who campaigned for the UK to remain in the EU.
Mr Morgan said: “When Article 50 was signed off by Parliament, there was a clear understanding by every MP that either we’d have a deal or no deal, but at the end of that process we would leave the EU.
“That’s what both parties signed up to in their manifestos after the referendum result.
“Is your position still that we must definitely leave the EU? Are you 100 percent Keir Starmer, as you were then, honouring the result of the referendum?”
Mr Starmer argued that Labour had made it clear that the party would do everything in its power to block a no deal exit, but also made some predictions that have been proved inaccurate.
He said: “I made it very clear we were opening the gate for the PM to start negotiations – we were not going to accept at the end whatever it was.
“Our 2017 manifesto made it clear that we would do everything to prevent a no deal Brexit.
“Having campaigned myself hard for Remain and the Labour Party having done that, when the result came in we accepted the result and we triggered Article 50.
“That was very difficult for us as a party and for me personally but it was the right thing to do, a lot of water has gone under the bridge now, there isn’t a deal that can be supported.
“Boris Johnson isn’t even negotiating a deal and his only real plan is to crash out without a deal which we’ve always said it unacceptable.
“We have to look at this through the lens of the position we are now in, that’s why we have said now ‘given the mess we are in, we need a decision from the public…you are being offered Boris Johnson’s deal if he ever comes up with one, or leaving without a deal.”
Boris Johnson went on to secure a new deal with the EU before taking the UK out of the bloc on January 31.
Mr Morgan hit out once more at Mr Starmer, dubbing Parliament’s approach to the Brexit issue as a “threat to democracy”.
He said: “But there was nothing on the ballot paper alluding to any deal…now I’m a Remainer, I don’t think we should be doing this.
“But all this debate about the future of democracy which right now seems very perilous, the biggest threat to me is if this country does not leave the EU as 17.4 million people voted for.
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“At what point do you feel that Parliament is conspiring to stop it happening?”
While Mr Starmer claimed he was not attempting to stop Brexit, this week – as he aims to become Jeremy Corbyn’s replacement – he refused to rule out campaigning to rejoin the EU in future.
The Shadow Brexit Secretary said he did not think it was a “priority for now and the immediate future” and has previously said the question of leaving the EU is over.
But when pressed to rule out advocating rejoining the EU in future, he said: “It’s for our kids to decide what our future relationship is.”
Another Labour leadership hopeful – Lisa Nandy – clashed with Morgan today after she turned up for an interview despite having a cold amid coronavirus panic.
She was accused of ignoring medical advice as she attended the ITV studios.
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