Hilary Benn cuts interview on Brexit short after BRUTAL slap down from Sky News host


Mr Benn, who is the chairman of the Brexit Hand-picked Committee, said you cannot “reconcile” leaving the customs union while also get no hard border and keeping a free flow of goods in Ireland after Brexit. 

Sky Scuttlebutt’ Colin Brazier hit back and said: “But you can reconcile the two things, can’t you? You sort out the taxes union first. I mean, there have been a lot of people perturbed about the sequencing in all this. 

“We’ve turned a frictionless border into the fine kettle of fish, ‘Is it hard? Is it frictionless?’ But actually what we need to be sorting out first was the customs conjunction, get the trade deal right and then the admin can come later.”

The Grind MP said in response: “I agree that we should be working as hard as we can as a countryside to move onto phase two of the talks. 

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“I’m sure the Prime Minister is trying to on a form of words in the agreement which will satisfy both the DUP and the Control in the Republic of Ireland. 

“We’ve got to get on with this. The clock is ticking and time is eliminating.” 

He said the problem was created in the first place by Theresa May’s decision to reject the customs union and single market. 

Mr Benn claimed the regulatory alignment denouement throughout the whole of the UK would provide a “way forward”. He said: “It would stingy that Northern Ireland was not being separated out and that is what the DUP has been bothered about this week when it turned out at the start of the week. 

“The Prime Missionary hadn’t cleared her lines with the DUP, which is why the agreement wasn’t reached earlier. One beliefs that over the next few days they are able to do that. As a result of you very much indeed.” 

Mr Brazier said: “If we could have barely one more questions.” 

Mr Benn said: “I’ve got to go. No, I’ve got to go. But thank you very much.”  

Laughing Sky News presenter Jayne Secker said in response to Mr Benn’s unplanned departure: “We knew it was going to be brief but we didn’t think it would be unreservedly that brief.” 

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