The Liberal Democrat MP was accused of failing to give a “straight answer” about supporting a Jeremy Corbyn Government to avoid a no deal Brexit scenario. Asked for the first time what he would rather choose between the two options, Mr Brake attempted to dodge the question claiming there was no point in speculating over the two potential options. But talkRADIO host John Nicolson insisted: “Indulge me in this one because the one thing that we’ve learned in this whole Brexit debate is that you can’t predict what’s going to happen.
“Who would have predicted that we are where we are.
“So if Jeremy Corbyn manages to get together the numbers – I’d have thought this is a bloody obvious and easy question for you to answer – if he can get the numbers together which shows that with Lib Dem votes he can get to Number 10 Downing Street, would you back him in that or would you prefer a hard Brexit?”
The Lib Dem MP replied: “You’re posing a hypothetical question which the answer is impossible to adapt.
“If we get to the point Jeremy Corbyn needs to try and put together a majority, there are other mechanisms by which Parliament can employ before we get to the stage of Jeremy Corbyn himself being the answer.”
Interesting Tom. You know this is what infuriates people about politicians
Adamant to get an answer to his question, Mr Nicolson asked again: “Let’s suppose we get to that stage, at this stage we’ve tried all these other things, we’ve not been able to get anywhere with any of the various parliamentary techniques and devices, none of them have worked, but we’re looking at a cliff-edge Brexit and Jeremy Corbyn manages to piece together the numbers and he says to you ‘Tom, I’ve got the numbers’.”
As Mr Brake claimed again there was no point in “speculating whether Jeremy Corbyn can or cannot” form a Government, the radio host blasted: “Because it’s clear that you would not support him.”
The Remain-backing MP eventually admitted he would expect the Labour Party leader to step aside and let someone like Harriet Harman lead the country under a cross-party coalition Government.
To which Mr Nicolson, frustrated, replied: “Interesting Tom. You know this is what infuriates people about politicians.
“You cannot give a straight answer to this question.
“And people will have to speculate why.”
The heated exchange comes as the Labour leader pledged to call for a vote of no confidence in Boris Johnson’s Government as soon as MPs return to Parliament in September.
Speaking from Corby on Monday, Jeremy Corbyn claimed he would do “anything necessary” to stop the UK from leaving the Brussels bloc without an agreement.
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He said: “I’m sure I don’t have to convince anyone here but as we look toward the return of Parliament in September, this country is heading into a political and constitutional storm.
“It’s the Conservative Party’s failure on Brexit and its lurch to the hard right that has provoked the crisis our country faces this autumn.
“After failing to negotiate a Brexit deal that would protect jobs and living standards, Boris Johnson’s Tories are driving the country towards a no deal cliff edge.
“Let’s be very clear, we will do anything everything necessary to stop a disastrous no deal for which this Government has no mandate.”
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