Matthew Taylor

Sunday Shows Round-up: Sir Keir Starmer – Three month Brexit extension is ‘doable’

Jeremy Hunt – We face risk of ‘losing Brexit’
Andrew Marr was joined by the Foreign Secretary ahead of a critical week for the government. Although the Brexit deadline day has been enshrined in law as the 29th of March, the difficulties in securing a viable withdrawal agreement have prompted calls for the UK government to seek more time for negotiations. With the Commons soon set to vote on whether the UK should seek to extend the Article 50 process, Hunt told Marr what he felt this could mean for the future of Brexit:

JH: This is a very important moment for us. There is a risk, and a possibility, that we end up losing Brexit if we get the votes wrong in the next couple of weeks, and I think that’s something most MPs know in their hearts that would be a very big mistake.

Consequences would be ‘devastating’ for the Conservatives
Hunt went on to warn that jeopardising the government’s withdrawal agreement could ultimately lead to the downfall of not just Brexit, but also his party:

JH: If you want to stop Brexit, you only need to do three things – kill this deal, get an extension [to Article 50], and have a second referendum. And within three weeks, those people could have two of those things… and quite possibly the third one could be on the way through the Labour party. And so we are in very perilous waters… If it fails… the consequences for us as a party would be devastating.

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