A protest during a live BBC News broadcast summed up the chaos in government over Brexit and the budget. In all honesty, the protester seemed to have more idea of what was going on than Tory ministers do.
At just after 2:10pm on Monday 29 October, the BBC News channel was broadcasting from outside parliament. Labour’s Jonathan Reynolds and Conservative James Cleverly were discussing the budget. But a ‘Stop Brexit’ protester saw an opportunity to get his message out there.
The wily demonstrator can be seen sidling into shot, perhaps pondering how camera shy he was feeling:
He quickly took centre stage during the interview:
He then got up-close and personal with the MPs:
The BBC didn’t stop his protest. But his “Brexit Mess” sign also summed up nicely the day’s chaos in the Conservative Party.
As BBC News reported, chancellor Philip Hammond spoke to Andrew Marr on Sunday 28 October. He said that if there was a ‘no-deal’ Brexit:
We would need to look at a different strategy and frankly we’d need to have a new Budget that set out a different strategy for the future.
But as HuffPost reported on Monday 29 October, Theresa May’s office rubbished Hammond’s claim. A spokesperson said:
All of the spending commitments that the Chancellor will set out today are funded irrespective of a deal
This blue-on-blue chaos was noted by Labour’s shadow chancellor John McDonnell:
What is going on? The PM and The Chancellor contradicting each other. On the day of the budget. We’ve never seen anything like this. https://t.co/8UgYSFolx8
— John McDonnell MP (@johnmcdonnellMP) October 29, 2018
But it also underscores the growing Conservative chaos over Brexit. And it perhaps signals a problem in the relationship between the PM and her chancellor. For her office to slap him down hours before he takes to the dispatch box is quite staggering. More trouble ahead for the most troubled government in living memory? Brexit could be the least of its worries.
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