WATCH PMQs: Muddled Corbyn struggles to make headway
PUBLISHED: 13:25 21 November 2018
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Before jetting off to Brussels to face Jean-Claude Juncker, the prime minister had to take on Jeremy Corbyn.
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But, after once again stating that his party could do little to stop Brexit, how could he attack her stance on how we leave the European Union?
He kicked off with a question about crashing out: “Does the PM agree there are no circumstances that Britain would leave with no deal?”
“No,” she replied. “The point that is being made by a number of my colleagues in relation to the vote that will come before this house ... is very simple: If you look at the alternative to having that deal with the European Union it will either be more uncertainty more division or it could risk no Brexit at all.”
Not quite an answer as Corbyn pointed out calling her deal “half baked” – much like his Brexit thinking.
“Is the Withdrawal Agreement the final text or is there another text that is on its way to us?” he pressed.
She explained there will two pieces to the agreement: the deal and future relations. And Corbyn seemed happy to leave it at that.
He then went after the new Brexit secretary Steve Barclay who is not travelling to Brussels with the PM: “Is the role now simply ceremonial?” Laughter from both sides of the House.
Theresa May continued: “He wants to renegotiate the Withdrawal Agreement .. but he hasn’t read it. He wants to oppose any deal no matter how good it is for the UK but he will accept any EU deal no matter how bad it is for the UK. He wants to use the implementation period – that he would vote against – to renegotiate the treaty that delivers the implementation period.
“And he said another referendum isn’t an issue for today but it could be an issue for tomorrow. He doesn’t know how he’d vote, He doesn’t know when it would be, he doesn’t even know what the question would be. That’s not leadership ...”
Whatever your thoughts on the prime minister she has a valid point on Corbyn.
VERDICT: May 1 Corbyn 0
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