Brexit: Bridgen slams Keir Starmer's position on trade deal
Andrew Bridgen ruthlessly mocked Sir Keir Starmer after the Labour leader announced he will whip the party to support the Brexit deal. Mr Bridgen ridiculed Sir Keir for whipping his party in favour of the landmark trade deal before he even read it. The Labour leader called for his party’s MPs to vote for Boris Johnson’s deal, saying it was a “binary choice” between the deal on offer or no deal.
Speaking out about Sir Keir’s decision, Mr Bridgen joked: “Sir Keir Starmer’s had more positions on Brexit than the Kama Sutra.”
He told LBC: “I predicted, as soon as the deal was done, that Labour would whip to support it.
“I find it a bit of a joke actually that he was announcing that ‘we are going to whip for support’ and he’d never even read the deal.
“He couldn’t possibly have read the deal in the two hours between the deal being announced and his decision.”
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The leading Eurosceptic added: “We are taking back control, it makes a bit of a mockery of Parliament when you say you’re going to vote for something when you’ve not even read it.
“Labour just wants the Brexit issue gone because people knew if you wanted to get Brexit, they voted Conservative, which they did.
The Tory MP also lauded the achievements of the European Research Group in the Conservative Party for its role in Brexit, arguing that it is “probably the most successful lobby group” in modern history.
Sir Keir himself has criticised the deal for being “too thin,” claiming that it would not protect workers’ rights or sectors such as manufacturing and the creative industries.
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However, he added on Thursday: “When this deal comes before Parliament, Labour will accept it, and vote for it.”
Sir Keir is facing a revolt among his own frontbenchers over his decision to back the Brexit deal, with several shadow ministers poised to resign.
Labour MPs had urged him to abstain in the vote, saying he would be unable to hold the Government to account over the deal’s impact if Labour supported it.
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Mr Bridgen himself heaped praise on the landmark post-Brexit free trade agreement with the European Union.
He told LBC: “From what I can see of it, it is a far better deal than we thought we would ever get.
“If back in 2015 someone had said to me that in 2020, we are going to be in a position to take back control of our money, laws, borders and we can have our own free trade deals around the world I would have snapped your hands off for that.
“To be honest I think the Prime Minister and Lord Frost have played a blinder for the UK.”
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