Published On: Sun, Sep 1st, 2019

BBC News: Andrew Marr makes sly dig at Keir Starmer in show’s introduction | UK | News


Boris Johnson’s move to suspend Parliament in order to force through a no deal Brexit by October 31 was confirmed by the Queen’s Privy Council on Wednesday. The action was met with backlash from Remain-supporting MPs, with a cross-party alliance force moving to prevent a no deal Brexit. BBC presenter Andrew Marr made a comment on Keir Starmer not having “much time left” to stop a no deal Brexit, while introducing guests on his show.

Introducing the BBC’s Andrew Marr show, the presenter said: “We’re going to be talking to Michael Gove, the Cabinet minister in charge of no deal preparations who told me earlier in the summer he was against proroguing parliament.

“And to Sir Keir Starmer, the Shadow Brexit Secretary who spent all summer planning how to stop no deal.

“Though he hasn’t, in truth, much time left now.”

BBC‘s Marr added: “Two men perhaps better placed than anyone else to answer the simple question: what happens now?”

READ MORE: BBC’s Marr lashes out at Keir Starmer – ‘You are hamstringing Boris’

The comments follow key Tory and Labour figures, including Mr Starmer, Oliver Letwin, Philip Hammond and Nick Brown moving to prevent no deal Brexit and the suspension of Parliament.

The Prime Minister sparked panic among Remainers after he confirmed he asked the Queen, who is currently in Balmoral, to agree to suspend Parliament days after MPs have returned to work next week.

The Privy Council met at Balmoral on Wednesday to discuss Mr Johnson’s new administration holding a Queen’s Speech on October 14.

In a letter to MPs outlining his Government’s plans, Mr Johnson denied it was to force through a no deal Brexit and said he was bringing forward a “bold and ambitious domestic legislative agenda” which MPs would be able to vote on in October.

Meanwhile Michel Barnier, the EU’s Chief Brexit Negotiator, recently denied Brussels would be responsible for a no deal Brexit, and claimed “many people in the UK” would agree.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron had given Mr Johnson 30 days to find “alternative arrangements” to the Brexit backstop.

Writing in The Sunday Telegraph Mr Barnier commented: “I am not optimistic about avoiding a ‘no deal’ scenario but we should all continue to work with determination.

“The EU is ready to explore all avenues that the UK government may present and that are compatible with the Withdrawal Agreement. Uncertainty has festered for far too long in the UK, in particular in Northern Ireland, as well as in Ireland and all other EU countries, for that matter.”

Mr Barnier also ruled out any “mini deal” with the UK after a hard Brexit to reduce its impact.

He added Britain would still be liable for the £32billion divorce bill even if it leaves with no deal.



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