Rachael Maskell, the former Shadow Secretary of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs claimed she resigned from the frontbench because she didn’t want a “hard Brexit” or a “Theresa May Brexit” as neither option was “presented on the EU Referendum ballot”.
But Evan Davis interrupted Maskell’s anti-Brexit tirade in order to roast the renegade Remoaner.
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The BBC Newsnight presenter said: “You’re talking a brave talk here Rachael, but the truth is your party has been all over the shop, basically, hasn’t it?
“It does come down to the fact that some of them believe you have to stick with the result of what the voters said, and some like you have said I want to go my own way or the way of York Central or whatever.”
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Maskell claimed her party had been campaigning for the “people’s Brexit” all along as Theresa May has simply set out her own choice of terms for the unprecedented bill.
The York Central MP added: “A people’s Brexit will be incredibly different from what she [Theresa May] has set out, because she hasn’t followed the will of the people.
“She has set out her own terms, and we saw just over the weekend, how easy it is that she could give away that power to other countries.
“If you’re signing a trade deal, where is the Parliamentary democracy in those processes?”
Nicky Morgan remained silent during the brutal clash, but claimed she and other MPs wished they would not have had to vote on Brexit in the first place.
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Nicky Morgan, former Secretary of State for Education was stone-faced during Maskell's tirade
Morgan, who initially campaigned to Remain in the EU said: “Well I was quite clear from about the Autumn onwards that we needed a short sharp bill to trigger Article 50. That Parliament – in order to avoid a crisis in our democracy – needed to respect the democratic results that came from the 23 June.
“But of course as many of us said, we’d really rather not have been in this situation of never having to pass this legislation.”
Within her resignation letter, Maskell said the Government’s plans for Brexit create an “unjustifiable level of risk” for her constituents and local businesses.
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