Clive Lewis stuns Question Time audience with a brilliant takedown of the government over Brexit

Clive Lewis
Ed Sykes

Labour MP Clive Lewis took aim at the Conservative government’s chaotic Brexit strategy during BBC Question Time on 28 June. And many people in the audience clearly agreed with him.

“Working people in this country will pay the price for your incompetence”

Speaking about the aggressive and adversarial way the government appears to be conducting Brexit negotiations, Lewis said:

These are people’s lives we’re talking about. There are people that are gonna lose their jobs. [Applause]

And he continued:

There are businesses that are gonna fold. Do you not understand that?

Rees-Mogg and his millions, you know, and people who are hedging against the pound and speculating – they might not be affected by this, and their ideological purity will remain intact. But working people in this country will pay the price for your incompetence and your ideological purity. [Applause]

Can we trust the rich and powerful to really care what happens?

Lewis’s comments came in a week when reports emerged that hedge funds had made millions off the collapse of the pound on the night of the Brexit vote and that high-profile Leave campaigner Nigel Farage was allegedly ‘in on it’. One photo, in particular, shows Farage apparently smiling as the pound tanked in the aftermath of the referendum.

Farage claims this is all “conspiratorial nonsense”, and that he “had no financial interest in currency movements on the night of Brexit”.

But who are we really going to trust on Brexit? Because as journalist Paul Mason argued, regarding the rich and powerful people “leading the Brexit movement”:

They talk about defying the “elite”. But they are the elite.

And one Twitter user summed this up perfectly:

“Let’s go about this in a way of cooperation”

Back on Question Time, Clive Lewis called for a different approach to Brexit negotiations. Instead of trying to “do the other person over” – treating Brexit like a “poker game” or “haggling for a bag of sausages”, he said:

We’re neighbours. We need each other. We rely on each other. And let’s go about this in a way of cooperation.

The Conservative government is in a mess over Brexit – in large part because loud voices in the party have no vested interest in getting ordinary working people a Brexit deal that doesn’t screw them over.

We need to demand better.

Get Involved!

– If you have concerns about the way the government is conducting Brexit negotiations, write to your political representatives to let them know how you feel.

– Support The Canary so we can keep holding the powerful to account.

Featured image via screenshot

We need your help ...

The coronavirus pandemic is changing our world, fast. And we will do all we can to keep bringing you news and analysis throughout. But we are worried about maintaining enough income to pay our staff and minimal overheads.

Now, more than ever, we need a vibrant, independent media that holds the government to account and calls it out when it puts vested economic interests above human lives. We need a media that shows solidarity with the people most affected by the crisis – and one that can help to build a world based on collaboration and compassion.

We have been fighting against an establishment that is trying to shut us down. And like most independent media, we don’t have the deep pockets of investors to call on to bail us out.

Can you help by chipping in a few pounds each month?

The Canary Support us

Comments are closed