BBC BREAKFAST hosts Louise Minchin and Dan Walker were joined by Conservative MP and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove this morning via a live video link. He was there to discuss the recent triumph for the Tory party and their plans to ‘get Brexit done,’ but Minchin was forced to shut down their guest after skirting around her questions one too many times.
Michael Gove joined BBC Breakfast this morning to talk about leaving the European Union and to clarify the proposed date. Those watching at home saw him explain how the UK will formally leave at the end of January but talks will continue until the end of 2020. However, host Minchin was forced to shut Gove down telling him “you are avoiding the question”, determined to get a straight answer from him instead.
Minchin asked: “If there is no deal by January 31, does that mean there is a hard Brexit or not?”
Gove explained: “The Brexit we are committed to doing is the one in our manifesto, which people voted for. This is a question of trust and we must make sure that we honour that.
“One of the problems with EU last parliament was there were MP’s in that parliament that said we would leave the EU but did not hour that promise.”
Gove continued: “Now there was a clear signal from voters that they want Brexit done and this Government is committed to doing so the Prime Minister recognises that that is a commitment that we have to keep.”
Minchin interrupted: “In some ways the power of parliament has been taken away because by making it enshrined in law you don’t give them the opportunity then to scrutinise everything.”
Gove hit back: “Parliament will be cautioning the withdrawal agreement bill and other legislation the bill that will have its second reading on Friday.
“It will be scrutinised in depth by the House of Commons and the House of Lords, they’ll be days in which MP’s can ask those tough questions and achieve reassurances.
“But we’ve been waiting to leave the EU for 2 and a half years and the voters want us to get on with it, of course they want parliament to do the job properly but they want parliament to do the job,” he said.
Louise chipped in: “So if there is no deal we leave anyway?”
The guest continued: “We are going to leave the European Union on January 31 and because of the withdrawal agreement and then the political declaration, that goes along side the withdrawal agreement commits both sides to making sure that follows up conversation are concluded by the end of 2020.”
But Louise wasn’t convinced: “So does that mean you could enter a period of time with no deal in place with the EU?”
And Gove explained: “No we are going to make sure we can this deal done in time when Boris became Prime Minister he was committed to changing the withdrawal agreement as it then stood and changing the back stop as well -”
But he was cut off by Minchin determined to get a straight answer.
She said: “Mr Gove, I’m sorry to interrupt…
“Can I just ask that again, because you seem to be as far as I can workout be avoiding the question.
“If we don’t get a deal, we have heard from the EU only a bare bones deal would be available by then.”
Gove reassured: “We will get a deal.”
He continued: “The political declaration commits to both sides of that so Michelle Barnier and the EU have put in black and white and have committed themselves to getting a deal by that time.
Minchin wasn’t finished and wanted to know exactly how the Conservative Party were going to keep their new voters.
Gove explained: “A huge amount we are very conscious of the fact that there are many people who have never voted conservative before.
“As the Prime Minister said their fingers may have hovered over that ballot paper, it’s a humbling thing.”