Sky News presenter Sophy Ridge has questioned Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer’s sudden turn around from being a passionate Remainer to a Brexiteer, alleging Sir Starmer had adopted the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s language on “getting Brexit done”.
During a heated interview with Sir Keir Starmer, Ridge questioned Labour’s new slogan urging the Government to “get on with Brexit”. Sir Keir said the “Leave versus Remain argument is over,” while adding “we have left the EU”.
Ridge mocked Sir Keir, who had severally campaigned for a second Brexit referendum, while claiming he was “borrowing Boris’ language” and re-ordering Boris Johnson’s promise on Brexit.
Ridge said, “I am quite interested in your conversion from someone who supported a second referendum to now wants to now, I quote, ‘get on with Brexit’.”
Sir Keir reacted, “The Prime Minister promised there was an oven-ready deal, and he needs to get on and deliver on that promise. If he fails to do so, he owns that failure. Re-opening old wounds and going back on agreements is a distraction. Go on and get that deal.”
Ridge asked again, “You say you want to get on with Brexit, stop banging on about Europe, and focus on coronavirus. I can’t help wondering, given you were so passionately in favour of a second referendum, if this more about politics than principle? You know talking about Brexit is bad for the Labour Party and you want it all to just go away, don’t you?”
Sir Keir said he accepted Brexit had happened, pointing to the “torturous process” of bitter Brexit rows before the election.
Then when the Labour leader said he “wants to win power,” the Sky News host quickly intervened: “Even if that means re-ordering Boris Johnson’s promise to get Brexit done? “I mean, it sounds like you’re borrowing his language a lot.”
Last week Sir Keir shockingly wrote, “We should be getting on with defeating this virus, not banging on about Europe. Get on with Brexit and defeat the virus. That should be the Government’s mantra.”
The Labour leader had said his party will back Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal if the Boris Johnson gets rid of the Internal Market Bill which threatens to breach international law.