The Labour MP was moaning about her party not being in power and explained to the audience that she could effectively achieve nothing in opposition when the Liberal Democrat MP Alistair Carmichael brutally blasted Corbyn’s party, earning rapturous applause.
During a heated back-and-forth argument between the pair regarding what type of Brexit the UK should be angling for, the Lib Dem questioned what Labour was doing to oppose Theresa May’s Government.
Emily Thornberry was grilled by Alistair Carmichael on Question Time
He said: “Emily cannot sit there and say that she’s going to have an adult conversation and then in the next breath say that the Labour Party will not stand in the way of Brexit.
“It is the job of the official opposition in Parliament to scrutinise Government, we know what the Conservatives want to do now.
“We know that they want to take us out of the single market, we know that they want to take us out of the customs union.
Emily Thornberry looks dejected during the BBC programme
You’re not even an opposition
Alistair Carmichael MP
He added: “We heard from Philip Hammond on the weekend that they want to make us a Singapore without the sunshine.
“We are going to be a low tax, low regulation economy. And you’re just going to open the door to that?”
Already looking defeated, Mrs Thornberry replied: “The difficulty is, is that Labour is not in power. I don’t know if anyone has noticed that, but the Conservatives are in power.”
The Scotsman interjected mid-way through Mrs Thornberry’s point and quipped “You’re not even an opposition”.
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This left large swathes of the Question Time audience laughing and applauding the off-the-cuff remark.
Mrs Thornberry had earlier refused declined to give a number of how many people she would like to see entering Britain – but did concede that immigration into the UK needed to be reduced.
In a desperate bid to clarify her party’s position, the Islington South and Finsbury MP said: “We are not in favour of putting arbitrary limits, we are not in favour of saying ‘oh we should have this number of migrants’ because frankly, that is a load of nonsense.”
When pressed by Piers Morgan if the number of immigrants entering Britain was too high, Mrs Thornberry conceded: “I think its clear to all of us that migration needs to come down.”