Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Any Questions?, the Work and Pensions Secretary defended the Tory approach that “no deal is better than a bad deal” before jabbing at his fellow panel members.
He argued his rivals’ approach would “guarantee” a “lousy deal”.
Mr Green said: “If you go into a negotiation saying ‘whatever happens, however bad the deal is, I’m going to sign up at the end’ you can absolutely guarantee that you will get a lousy deal.
“And that is what Jeremy Corbyn and the Liberal Democrats and the SNP, that will be supporting him, have already signed up to.”
Damian Green scolded Jo Swinson and Keir Starmer as they scrambled to bash the Tory minister
Theresa May didn’t rule out membership of the single market, the British people ruled out membership of the single market when they voted in the referendum
Ms Swinson, who was Women and Equalities Minister in the last coalition, along with the shadow Brexit secretary proceeded to talk over each other as they attempted to hit back at Mr Green.
The Tory politician quipped: “One of you – it’s the coalition of chaos already, they’re interrupting each other.”
Audience members burst into laughter before Ms Swinson took aim at the minister.
She said: “You’ve already ruled out, through Theresa May’s speech in January, membership of the single market, so it’s not as if you’re going there to say ‘well let’s have all of the options on the table and try to negotiate the closest possible relationship’.”
Brexit Negotiations: Britain's sternest enemies Tue, April 4, 2017
According to a new index, the EU27 countries fall into three groups: hard-core, hard and soft. These are the countries with the highest scores which indicate a fairly strong opposition to Britain’s position
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France has the highest score in the index at 32.5
Mr Green then issued another swift comeback.
He said: “Theresa May didn’t rule out membership of the single market, the British people ruled out membership of the single market when they voted in the referendum.”
Mr Starmer then had the chance to have his say and insisted no Brexit deal with the EU would be an “act of national self-harm”.
“It will harm our economy, it will harm so much else… how can that be a credible threat to our EU partners that somehow we’ll improve the chances of a good outcome,” he said.
He blasted Mrs May’s “extreme” strategy, which he said would make no deal “more likely” and reminded the Tory politician “we not starting a war”.
Mr Starmer said Brexit required “a much more mature attitude to the negotiations, we’re negotiating in peace with our EU partners”.