Lord Malloch-Brown clashes with Julia Hartley-Brewer over Brexit

Friday, June 8, 2018

Best of Britain chairman Lord Malloch-Brown has cut short a phone interview after clashing with talkRADIO host Julia Hartley-Brewer when she challenged his claim that EU doctors and nurses were no longer coming to work in the NHS because of Brexit.

Lord Malloch-Brown told the Brexit-backing broadcaster that she was "a polemicist, not a journalist", earning the retort from Ms Hartley-Brewer: "You may not think I'm a journalist. I don't think you're a democrat."

Abruptly ending the call, the peer replied: "With that Julia, a pleasure to talk to you. Thankyou very much."

It comes as an anti-Brexit pressure group has launched its formal campaign for a second EU referendum, which has seen campaigner Lord Malloch-Brown terminating his call with talkRADIO's Julia Hartley-Brewer.

Best For Britain is calling on MPs to force a referendum on the deal secured by Prime Minister Theresa May, with an option on the ballot paper of keeping the UK in the European Union.

The group, which is backed financially by billionaire George Soros, is planning a summer of campaign to build public support for a second vote.

Launching the roadmap in Westminster, Best For Britain chief executive Eloise Todd said: "A people's vote will be held before the end of March 2019. We believe this is the right thing to do so that everyone's voice can be heard.

"But this cannot be a debate fought out solely within the walls of Westminster. We'll be talking to people on the doorstep about how Brexit is affecting them."

She added: "For too long we've been asked to swallow the lie that the votes of 17 million people - with their individual histories, experiences, and ideas - gave May a clear mandate to deliver whatever Brexit she can fashion, no matter how different that is from its original conception or how damaging it might prove to be.

"But I say to everybody out there: don't let them force feed you such nonsense. However you voted, you deserve to know there is a deal on offer that the Government is intent on burying."

Under Best For Britain's plans, a second referendum would be secured by an amendment to the Government's Withdrawal Agreement and Implementation Bill (WAIB), due in the Commons in the autumn.