Labour MP Rosie Duffield has said that Jeremy Corbyn is “probably longing to be at the allotment this weekend” as Labour continue to meet with the government to negotiate a Brexit compromise.
When asked about whether the Labour leader was ready to be prime minister, the MP for Canterbury told talkRADIO’s Dan Wootton that he was.
Ms Duffield said: “Oh poor Jeremy, I would not want to be him right now with these negotiations.
“He is probably longing to be at the allotment this weekend. But I think he is ready to be prime minister and the country are ready for a change.
“We need an end to austerity and that is the only way we will get that.”
The Labour MP added that these talks between the two leaders should have happened years ago.
She added: “It is a process and it has only just begun - nearly three years after the referendum.”
Ms Duffield said she hoped Mr Corbyn would nudge the prime minister towards a second referendum, but suggested that perhaps the vote could have a threshold a majority would have to pass to avoid the 48/52 split.
She said: “I know other countries who have referendum much more regularly do that.
“We would ‘p-off’ a lot of people if it was that close again in another referendum.”
The MP defended her support for a second referendum saying over 15,000 of her constituents had signed the ‘Revoke Article 50 petition’.
She added: “I would have to have Remain on the ballot to reflect my constituency. We are so near the sea and near France.
“We are in a unique position where we are dependent on our relationship with Europe in a way that other seats aren’t.
“But it is a really difficult, horrible and divisive situation and I have complete sympathy for those who feel differently from me.”