Ben Bradshaw, who has claimed he will defy Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and vote against Article 50, was grilled after he said that “we didn’t vote to leave the single market” when Britons overwhelmingly chose to leave the European Union last June.
The MP for Exeter has previously warned that leaving the single market could be disastrous, vowing to continue the fight to keep Britain in the EU’s trade area.
Speaking on talkRADIO, the Labour MP said: “We didn’t vote to leave the single market on June 23 – that wasn’t on the ballot paper – and we didn’t vote for a ‘hard’ Brexit.”
But the show’s host, who has been a vocal Brexiteer, leapt into an extraordinary attack on the pro-European politician, demanding he explains what the country had voted for.
The talkRADIO host destroyed the Labour politician after he couldn't explain the meaning of Brexit
Ben, Ben – can you tell me what we did vote for on June 23?
“What did we vote for? No, no, no – remind me, what did we vote for?” She blasted in the stinging attack.
“Ben, Ben – can you tell me what we did vote for on June 23?”
Given a chance to respond, Mr Bradshaw answered: “We voted to leave the European Union, we did not vote for the hardest of ‘hard’ Brexits.
“I am trying to explain but I cannot get a word in edgeways.”
But Hartley-Brewer once again interjected, she yelled: “Stop telling me what we didn’t vote for and tell me what we voted for!”
The Labour MP continued: “Theresa May has made it clear she wants the hardest of ‘hard’ Brexits – outside the customs union, outside the single market.”
Having once against dodged the host’s question, she challenged him to explain the EU referendum vote.
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“We voted to leave the EU and didn’t vote to leave the single market – so when you say we voted to leave the EU, what did you think that meant?
“You’ve told me again what it doesn’t mean, tell me what it means!”
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Continued cooperation with the EU to tackle terrorism and international crime.
However, once again Mr Bradshaw failed to offer an explanation, simply choosing the explain that leaving the single market would put jobs in his constituency at risk.
This will be the first time that Mr Bradshaw will vote against the Labour whip, despite shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer asking his colleagues to not block the start of the divorce process.
Speaking as MPs began a two-day debate on legislations to authorise the triggering of formal negotiations, Sir Keir said: “This is obviously a difficult decision.
“I wish the result had gone the other way. I campaigned passionately for that. But as democrats, our party has to accept that result and it follows that the Prime Minister should not be blocked from starting Article 50 negotiations.”
Mr Bradshaw is amongst a group of up to 60 Labour politicians who could vote against their party leadership.
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