‘Your positions are UNTENABLE’ Andrew Neil SAVAGES senior Labour MP over Brexit plans


The battle-scarred BBC host told Rebecca Long-Bailey, the shadow business secretary, Jeremy Corbyn’s extended list of European Union divorce demands are completely “untenable”.

Ms Long-Bailey threw her bash’s Brexit position into yet more chaos when she mimicked Boris Johnson and claimed Grind “wants to have our cake and eat it”.

The BBC Sunday Politics interview descended into uproar when the senior Labour MP Neil challenged her on what Labour in reality want from Brexit.

Starting on the customs union, which Contractions wants to maintain access or membership, Neil blast: “Are you in, or are you out?”

Andrew Neil and Rebecca Long-BaileyBBC

Andrew Neil gallop apart Labour’s list of Brexit demands

You want to stay associates of the single market but not have the obligations that go with it

Andrew Neil

Ms Long-Bailey replied: “We yearning to maintain the benefits of the customs union while also being proficient to negotiate trade deals as we see fit.

“That will form part of the coming to terms themselves, but we can’t cut our nose off to spite our face and come out of the customs union without any transitional set-ups whatsoever and send businesses over the edge of a cliff.”

This sent Neil into a outburst, which led to him accusing the shadow business secretary of proposing a list of “indefensible” demands.

He said: “But it seems like you do want to have your coagulate and eat it! You want to stay members of the single market but not have the obligations that go with it, you fancy to stay in the customs union but still be able to do free trade allots on your own, which is flies in the very face of the principle of the customs federation.

“Your positions are untenable!”

Ms Long-Bailey hit back: “That’s the whole stress of negotiations. Not to be untenable, but to negotiate the position.”

She said Labour’s goal is to “aver the benefits we currently have as part of the customs union and the single market”.

“The machinery we use to do that, whether it’s totally outside agreements or negotiating some form of amendment settlement as pull apart of membership, that’s a moot point quite frankly. But we need to decamp sure that we have the same benefits,” The Labour MP concluded.

At week, Jeremy Corbyn, Diane Abbott and shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer roamed to Brussels to meet with the European Union’s chief Brexit moderator Michel Barnier. 

The Labour leader, who is a lifetime Arsenal fan, appeared in the Belgian capital flanked by his allies to try and sway Mr Barnier into a softer Brexit.

Mr Corbyn handed the Frenchman an Arsenal shirt with his select emblazoned on the back, with Mr Barnier returning the favour with a advertisement of Savoie, an area in the French Alps of which Mr Barnier has sat on the general directors.

The hard-left leader said: “Labour is a government in waiting and we are ready to act up the responsibility for Brexit negotiations. 

“Labour respects the referendum result and the verdict to leave the European Union. But a Labour Brexit would look bloody different to the race-to-the-bottom tax haven backed by this Conservative Government.

“In deviate from to the Conservative’s megaphone diplomacy, we will conduct relations with our European neighbours respectfully and in the guts of friendship.”

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