The last PMQS before the EU referendum will not live long in the memory, the Commons did not rise to the occasion. David Cameron was determined to try and keep his broad Remain coalition together. But Jeremy Corbyn was less than helpful to Cameron. Corbyn said that Labour would oppose any post-Brexit austerity Budget, rather undermining George Osborne and Alistair Darling’s message. Then, he said that the problems fishermen in this country are experiencing is not down to the Common Fisheries Policy but decisions taken by the Cameron government.
Cameron, though, received more help from the SNP’s Angus Robertson who asked Cameron to spell out just how this austerity Budget would hit Scotland. Some Labour MPs also offered Cameron more assistance than their leader had. Cameron quipped that he was going to steal the Stoke MP Ruth Smeeth’s line that the Out campaign had offered ‘more spin than a potter’s wheel’.
There were surprisingly few difficult questions for Cameron from the Brexiteers on his own benches. But the debate now moves from the Commons to the country.