Piers Morgan challenged the Labour frontbencher to clarify her party’s position on Brexit, demanding to know whether they are now a pro-Brexit or pre-Remain party. But when Emily Thornberry failed to respond, insisting Labour is a “democratic party,” the Good Morning Britain host laid into her for trying to dodge the question: “That doesn’t answer my question. It’s a very long answer but it doesn’t actually answer the question.” Mr Morgan then proceeded to point out other parties had come out with a clear message to explain their Brexit position.
He continued: “Farage’s is ‘democracy is being thwarted,’ and he is pro-Brexit. Liberal Democrats are saying the opposite, ‘we must now remain.’
“Labour is stuck in the middle. The reason I’m pressing you is no one is quite sure what Labour stands for.”
Mr Morgan insisted British voters had chosen to leave and demanded British parties deliver on their vote, pointing out the ballot paper at the 2016 referendum did not contain any reference to a withdrawal agreement with the European Union.
After Ms Thornberry hit back asking: “When people voted to leave, do you think they voted to leave and lose their job?”
But the questions caused Mr Morgan to snap: “I think what they are actually fed up with is a lot of politicians making what appear to be extremely definitive predictions about what’s going to happen.”
The Labour frontbencher defended her party’s position, insisting the leadership had worked to deliver on a satisfactory deal by working alongside Theresa May for two months to reach an agreement before talks collapsed last week.
Ms Thornberry said: “I campaigned to remain with all my heart and we lost and we got up the next morning and I remember saying, ‘we’re going to have to accept this, we’re going to have to make the best of what we don’t think it’s a good job but basically got to go for it and look after jobs and the economy.’
“We’re in opposition but we’ve been doing everything we can to try and keep this government on track for whatever deal they come up with being one that looks after people’s jobs.
“We’re public servants, we’re democrats so the people said they wanted to leave and we’re trying to make sure we leave in a way – we really tried.”
She added: “We’ve spent two months in negotiations with Theresa May, for goodness’ sake. We really tried to get the right sort of deal.”
The Prime Minister on Tuesday unveiled new proposed changes to her withdrawal agreement in a last-ditch attempt to win the support of a majority of MPs for her divorce deal before a new vote on the legislative proposal is held in June.
Mrs May pledged to outline a new Workers’ Rights Bill to “ensure UK workers enjoy rights that are every bit as good as, or better than, those provided for by EU rules.”
She also told MPs they will be able to vote on whether to hold a second referendum on her deal if the withdrawal agreement is passed in the Commons in the first week of June.
But Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn signalled his party will not be backing the Prime Minister’s new deal.
Speaking on Tuesday, Mr Corbynm warned the Prime Minister Labour won’t back a “repackaged version of the same old deal” as he launched another stinging attack on the “disintegrating Government”.
He said: “We will, of course, look seriously at the details of the Withdrawal Agreement Bill when it is published.
“But we won’t back a repackaged version of the same old deal – and it’s clear that this weak and disintegrating government is unable to deliver on its own commitments.”