A Labour frontbencher has labelled his party’s position on a ‘key Brexit policy’ ‘bollocks’ during a secret recording.
Barry Gardiner, a key ally of Corbyn’s, used the expressive language to rubbish his party’s pledge to secure the exact same benefits as the single market after Brexit.
He said the party should have instead said they would hold the Tories to account over their pledge to do that.
Speaking about the “six tests” Labour set the government to decide whether to support the final Brexit deal in a Commons vote, he said: “Well let’s just take one test – the exact same benefits. Bollocks.
“Always has been bollocks and it remains it.”
“We know very well that we cannot have the exact same benefits and actually it would have made sense – because it was the Tories that said they were going to secure the exact same benefits – and our position should have been to say they have said they are going to secure the exact same benefits and we are going to hold them to that standard.”
Barry Gardiner “fully supports” Jeremy Corbyn’s Brexit policy despite calling it “bollocks”.
Well that’s reassuring.
— Carrie Symonds (@carriesymonds) 10 April 2018
Labour said Mr Gardiner “fully supports” the party’s Brexit policy.
Oh boy. The BBC has obtained a recording of Barry Gardiner describing Labour’s 6 Brexit tests as “bollocks” https://t.co/OhhMeCP4DM
Will he deny this, too?
— Adam Payne (@adampayne26) 10 April 2018