PMQ’s 22/11/17: Instant Reaction


By Sub-Editor Eric Kostadinov

Note: views expressed are those of the individual and not representative of TalkPolitics

Brexit dominated todays PMQ’s. Jeremy Corbyn started with a quote from the Irish PM who recently lambasted Brexit negotiations, and asked the PM to address the issue of a potential hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic. May said she did not want a hard border between the countries, and said that progress has been made to achieve this. However, Corbyn said that the government has had 17 months to answer the question and has produced no meaningful plan.

Corbyn then referenced Tory MP John Redwood, who allegedly advised clients to invest elsewhere as the UK economy was ‘hitting the brakes’, a startling comment from a prominent Tory brexiteer. Corbyn continued and asked if freedom of movement should still apply post Brexit for doctors, nurses, and other vital occupational workers, and pointed out that bankers will stil be able to travel freely. May argued that new immigration laws would take account of the needs of the British Economy, however she did not address whether this meant continuing freedom of movement for certain workers. This, along with her determination to withdraw Britain from the single market, suggests that freedom of movement will be all but over post Brexit under a Conservative led government.

May did rightfully attack Corbyn for Labours position on the single market and the split between the leadership and many backbenchers. Surely, this split could have been avoided in the Labour Party by Corbyn accepting that single market membership should still at least be on the table? Instead, the party looks utterly divided on the issue.

Moving on from Brexit, Corbyn mocked the Tories due to their whips telling certain MP’s to shout at certain opposition members, and tried to portray the government as a government in crisis in more ways than one. May again spoke of how 76 Labour MP’s defied their own party whip this week, and laughed at the idea that the government is a shambles. Indeed, May appeared strong when answering Corbyn’s last question, however, she ended the proceedings by calling Labour a ‘blast from the past’, and it was a remark which viewers at home could tell had been scripted with no substance behind it at all. This desperate tagline that May tried to pin on Labour simply strengthened the notion that she has no real answers to Britain’s real problems.


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