Published On: Fri, Sep 20th, 2019

BBC Question Time: Fiona Bruce forced to intervene in feud between Davey and Falconer | Politics | News


Lib Dem Deputy Leader Ed Davey called the Labour Party’s position on Brexit “confused”. Lord Falconer defended himself and said he was simply stating his own views. Lord Falconer said it is tempting to call the Liberal Democrat position “ridiculous”.

He continued: “I’m in favour of doing a deal and I’m not in favour of Boris posturing about no deal which is pitiful.

“I’m not in the favour of the Liberal Democrats saying let’s revoke.

“I’m in favour of forcing the Government in one way or another to get a deal and then we can move on from Brexit.

“And the pressure is going down and down from that because the Liberal Democrats have adopted this ridiculous policy of revoke which means they presumably will not now support a deal.

“There are too many Tories who are willing to support no deal despite the damage done to the country by doing that.

“We need to find a way forward and the only way forward is to respect the result of the referendum but with a deal.”

Mr Davey responded to Lord Falconer’s fierce rant by calling Labour’s stance on Brexit “confused”.

He said: “Labour’s position on this has been confused throughout and you’ve just confused it yet again.

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She then pushed down Lord Falconer’s raised arm and told him it was not his turn to speak.

She said: “No, no!

“Ed is now making a point, let’s hear it!”

Lord Falconer was then forced to apologise when Mr Davey quipped, “You’ve had your turn.”

Lord Falconer responded: “Okay, I apologise.”

Mr Davey continued: “We’ve have a very clear position unlike the Conservative’s chaotic position and Labour’s confusing position.

“And let’s be clear, we would only stop Brexit on the back of a democratic mandate.”

Lord Falconer then mocked Mr Davey and commented, “which you’re not going to get”.

A few audience members chuckled at the former Lord Chancellor’s mocking retort.



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