Labour MP hammered after calling on government to outline Brexit negotiation priorities


The Wigan MP was left flustered when she was asked what exactly she wanted Government to reveal to Parliament about its Brexit negotiations.

BBC Question Time host David Dimbleby posed the question after Ms Nandy took aim at the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Sajid Javid, who was also on the panel during last night’s programme.

She said: “It is nonsense to argue firstly that you’re a democrat and then say we’ll go and tell Brussels what our deal is but we won’t tell the British people.”

After being questioned about what she wanted the Government to reveal, she said she wanted reassurance around jobs.

“Like Keir Starmer said, I’d like to see the Government say ‘our first priority is jobs’,” she said before being interrupted by Dimbleby who fired back: “That’s easily said.”

Ms Nandy refused to back down and added: “It’s not easily said, because Theresa May has hinted that restrictions on freedom of movement would be her top priority over protecting tariff access to single market.”

She said Parliament needed a broad picture of what negotiations would look like.

“I want her to tell us what her priorities broadly are,” she said.

“I want her to tell us whether we’re still going to be part of the European Arrest Warrant, because that has profound implications for how we deal with national security and terrorism, I want to know if we’re going to protect workers’ rights.”

Mr Javid slammed the Labour MP and said outlining negotiation objectives was not in the public interest.

He said: “You don’t go into a serious negotiation putting all your cards on the table, anyone whose ever done a serious negotiation will tell you that – whether it’s in politics or business or anywhere, it’s not in the interests of the British people.

Ms Nandy hit back and said: “It’s not good enough, you don’t have a clue what you’re doing.”