Chuka Umunna was ruthlessly slapped down as he complained about the Labour Party‘s inability to work with other opposition parties to stop Brexit. Mr Umunna, who left Labour to help form Change UK – The Independent Group before quitting again to join the Liberal Democrats, insisted Labour MPs would not support attempts to block Brexit due to their loyalty to leader Jeremy Corbyn. But as the now-Lib Dem went on his rant, BBC host Nick Robinson intervened to challenge him on his own record: “Let me just put this to you because there’ll be people listening to you thinking, ‘hold on, Chuka Umunna is a walking, living, breathing example of how the Opposition can’t work together.’
“You couldn’t work in the Labour Party, you didn’t successfully work in Change UK, you are now in the Liberal Democrats.
“You say you won’t work with the official Opposition. Anna Soubry was on the radio recently saying she was desperately disappointed in you.”
After floundering as he attempted to interrupt the BBC presenter, Mr Umunna insisted he was no “as powerful” as Mr Robinson tried to characterise him as.
The Lib Dem MP said: “I wish I was as powerful as you’re suggesting I am. I am one MP and the Liberal Democrats are 12 MPs.
“The question is, is there somebody among the greater number of MPs – you would need 326 MPs, I think, to back an alternative Prime Minister – they could coalesce around?
“Labour’s own MPs won’t back their own leader becoming the Prime Minister, that isn’t a runner. One really important point, by the way, is that a vote of no confidence isn’t the only way to stop a no deal Brexit.”
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He continued: “There are mechanisms available to the House of Commons, so long as it’s sitting, but here’s the thing – yes, Parliament has voted on motions but they are not legally binding that say we don’t want to leave without a deal.
“When we have had the opportunity to vote on legally binding motions, there has been this unholy alliance of a number of Labour MPs and the majority of the Tory Party voting against stopping a no deal.” READ FULL STORY BELOW
Chuka Umunna was ruthlessly slapped down as he complained about the Labour Party’s inability to work with other opposition parties to stop Brexit. Mr Umunna, who left Labour to help form Change UK – The Independent Group before quitting again to join the Liberal Democrats, insisted Labour MPs would not support attempts to block Brexit due to their loyalty to leader Jeremy Corbyn.