Andrea Leadsom: Labour’s neutral position ‘actually a joke’

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

The Business Secretary has slammed Labour for “sitting on the fence” after the opposition party voted to stay neutral over Brexit.

The Conservatives’ Andrea Leadsom told talkRADIO’S Julia Hartley-Brewer: “Labour’s position is completely untenable, it’s actually a joke.

“They’re not behaving like a serious party of the opposition; you cannot simply sit on the fence on the biggest issue of the day.”

Members at the Labour Conference in Brighton yesterday backed Jeremy Corbyn in remaining neutral over Brexit until after a general election has taken place.

They also voted in favour of holding a second referendum.

Ms Leadsom went on to maintain the government line that Boris Johnson will take Britain out of the EU with or without a deal on October 31.

The MP for South Northamptonshire said: “What we are very clearly doing is aiming to get a deal and we are very optimistic about that, there’s a huge amount of work going on to negotiate a deal.

“We’ve been very straight with the European Commission that that needs to exclude the back stop and should we not then we will be seeking to leave the European without a deal on October 31.”

The government’s pledge comes despite a bill being passed in the House of Commons that requires the Prime Minister to ask for another deadline extension if he cannot convince MPs on deal or no deal exit.

Asked how the government would deliver a no-deal Brexit without breaking the law Ms Leadsom responded: “We will, of course, always abide by the law.”

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