ITV GMB: ‘Excuse me’ Ann Widdecombe cut off by Piers Morgan in Brexit debate
Good Morning Britain hosts Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid discussed the latest Brexit developments this morning.
Joining them live in the studio was Labour MP Ben Bradshaw and on a live video link from Devon was former Conservative Party MP Ann Widdecombe.
The two spoke about Prime Minister Theresa May’s decision to involve Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in the Brexit negotiations to help break the deadlock.
But those watching at home saw Morgan cut off Widdecombe as she was about to state her point.
Towards the end of the debate, Widdecombe went to counter argue a comment Bradshaw had put across, but the presenter interjected and abruptly stopped Widdecombe’s reply.
However, realising Widdecombe still had something to say, Morgan encouraged: “Go on, go on Ann. Final word.”
Widdecombe continued: “Excuse me, we’ve had three year’s to get to the cliff’s edge.
“What is going to be in the manifesto if you have a general election? What is actually going to be the position in the manifesto?
“Are the Conservatives going to say ‘We are going to deliver Brexit’ when they’ve spent three years failing to deliver Brexit.
“Is Labour going to say ‘Bother Brexit we’re going to stay in the customs union anyway.’ I’d like to see these manifesto’s that would govern a general election”
It comes after Reid questioned Bradshaw on whether “Jeremy Corbyn would make a demand for a general election”.
He replied: “Well he can’t [but] I think a general election would be the only way out of this but I don’t think he’s in a position to make a demand for one because Parliament, under the fixed term Parliament act has to vote for one – two thirds of MP’s have to actually vote for one.
“So there are some obstacles for us getting to a general election unfortunately.”
Widdecombe later remarked: “Crucially, the people chose to leave and that’s what we’ve got to do.
Reid was keen to find out who Widdecombe thought would be a good replacement for May should she resign.
“I think the crucial phrase is ‘At this point.’ I’m not sure when we are involved in the most serious international negotiations and ‘at this point’ is not the time to change generals. I do think she’s [May] has made a terrible mess of it,” Widdecombe said.
Morgan also wanted to know Widdecombe’s point of view regarding the democratic vote which saw the majority choose to leave the European Union.
“What does it do to our democracy and democratic systems if the vote is ignored?” Morgan posed.
Widdecombe replied: “I think voting could then become a minority occupation – [parliament have] completely ignored the biggest democratic exercise in decades.
“Well if the answer to that is parliament will do what we haven’t voted for then why bother [with a vote] at all?” She continued.
Ann to Piers.
Widdecombe who is known for her facial expressions, made an epic eye roll which Reid commented on: “That was the best eye roll!”
Morgan finished the interview addingh: “I have to credit Ann, they are the best facial expressions.” Widdecombe could be seen laughing at the pair via video link.
Good Morning Britain airs weekday mornings at 6.30am on ITV.
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