Barry Gardiner: ‘Don’t try to tell us we’re not trying to deliver Brexit’

PUBLISHED: 10:01 03 May 2019 | UPDATED: 10:13 03 May 2019

Barry Gardiner says Labour is trying to bail the Tories out over Brexit. Photograph: BBC.

Barry Gardiner says Labour is trying to bail the Tories out over Brexit. Photograph: BBC.

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A Labour frontbencher has claimed that his party is trying to “bail out” the Conservatives to deliver Brexit.

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In another move that has angered Remainers on social media, Labour MP Barry Gardiner said it was trying to find a compromise with the Conservatives to break the current deadlock and deliver Brexit.

Gardiner, the shadow international trade secretary, clashed with Conservative Brexit minister James Cleverly as the parties tried to interpret the votes in the local election.

“You as a Brexit minister should realise we are in there trying to bail you guys out.

“We are now trying to negotiate with you because you because your prime minister has lost control of the party, lost any chance of getting her deal through parliament, has had to come to us and say 'please, I now need to listen to the ideas that you've been putting forward' about how can we can actually get a compromise that will work for most people in this country and will get through this parliament.

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“Don't tell us we're not trying to deliver Brexit, that was our manifesto commitment and we're trying to do it, but we're trying to do it in line with our manifesto and our manifesto was very clear we wouldn't try to have the sort of bad Brexit you lot managed to negotiate and we certainly wouldn't have no-deal.

Labour MP Wes Streeting tweeted: “Labour should not bailing the Tories out.

“Any deal - any - must go to a public vote. Without a commitment to a public vote, I'll vote for a Labour-Tory deal when hell freezes over and I'm not alone in that.”

Gardiner, who previously claimed that Labour is now not a Remain party, has this week expressed concerns that it is losing Remainers after a series of member resignations.

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