Jeremy Corbyn has once again failed to answer a key question on Brexit – despite being asked it six times just the day before.
The Labour leader had a tense exchange with a Sky News reporter when he was again asked if the UK would be better off outside of the European Union after Brexit.
The reporter explained: ‘You are giving a speech in Edinburgh and you say that good journalism challenges the powerful and you are going to talk about what you think holds it back.
‘Does that mean you believe in the principle of a straight answer to a straight question?’
Corbyn responded: ‘Well obviously, everyone believes in that principle of a straight answer to a straight question.
‘But I also want to see a media that gives voices to everybody.
‘This morning, we were talking to asylum seekers and you have heard first hand their real story.
‘Sadly, much of the media never report their real story. They present asylum seekers as a problem, rather than people going through a human crisis who want to contribute to our society.’
The reporter battled on by asking him the one question that Corbyn had avoided six times on Channel 4 News the day before.
‘Let me ask you a straight question and I would appreciate a straight answer. It may sound familiar. Is Britain better out of the EU?’
The Labour leader again fudged his answer, replying: ‘Britain will be out of the EU. I want to make sure that we are as well off.’
The reporter continued to push the question sparking a tense exchange with the Labour leader.
‘Hang on … can I … you are not even letting me.’
The reporter continued: ‘Is Britain better out of the EU?’
When it became apparent the reporter would not give in with his line of questioning Corbyn attempted to dismiss the question at hand.
‘Listen, it is a hypothetical question because we haven’t reached that point yet,’ he added.
Earlier this week Labour MP Barry Gardiner, a key ally of Corbyn, said calls for another vote undermined ‘the whole principle of democracy in this country’, warning voters could turn to ‘more socially disruptive ways of expressing their views’.
However Shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer told the Today programme he had ‘never accepted’ MPs should support the Brexit deal Theresa May brings back from Brussels ‘however bad it is’.