Dan Wootton clashes with guest over Keir Starmer's Brexit history: 'Why the hell should we get over it'

Sir Keir outlined his five-point plan in a speech at the Centre for European Reform

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GB News Presenter Dan Wootton slammed Benjamin Butterworth for saying "get over it" regarding the U-turn made by Sir Keir Starmer in regard to his new five-point plan to deliver Brexit.

Sir Keir Starmer resigned as junior shadow minister under Jeremy Corbyn is June 2016, following the results of the Brexit referendum.

He returned to the Labour frontbench as shadow Brexit secretary in the following month, spending the next four years campaigning to mitigate the result, which he described as “catastrophic”, while at the same time retaining voters in “red wall” constituencies.

Former Brexit Party MEP, Belinda de Lucy slammed the highly anticipated five-point plan from the Labour leader saying: "Keir Starmer sells himself as a saint of integrity, as a saint of honesty, and he lied about Brexit, as did many of the Labour MP's.

"He didn't lie about having a piece of cake in an office, he lied about respecting the most powerful democratic vote of our lifetimes."

The panel discussed the Labour leader's five-point plan
The panel discussed the Labour leader's five-point plan

Journalist Benjamin Butterworth retaliated to Ms de Lucy's comments, stating: "Get over it", which sparked outrage from Dan who exclaimed "Why the hell should we get over it?"

In a speech to the Centre for European Reform, the Labour leader ruled out rejoining the EU or single market if Labour comes to power, insisting such moves would sow further division in Britain.

Sir Keir said the UK would not join a customs union under his party’s leadership, as he set out a five-point plan to “make Brexit work”.

He said Labour is “claiming the centre ground of British politics once again”, not from a “mushy place of compromise”, but driven by “purpose” and “optimism”.

Dan Wootton slammed comments from Benjamin Butterworth
Dan Wootton slammed comments from Benjamin Butterworth

He added how he would say more about how it intends to get the country’s economy growing again “in the weeks and months to come”, but the first step is to make a success of leaving the EU.

In a speech at an event at the Irish Embassy in London, he said: “There are some who say, ‘We don’t need to make Brexit work – we need to reverse it’. I couldn’t disagree more.

His comments fall in the wake of a fierce row over the Government’s plans to overwrite parts of the Northern Ireland Protocol to allay concerns over its impact on the UK.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer, speaking at the Centre for European Reform in London
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer, speaking at the Centre for European Reform in London

Legislation to give ministers the necessary powers to see this through cleared its first Commons hurdle last week, with no Tory MPs voting against it despite warnings the plans are illegal.

Speaking in the House of Commons on Monday, Mr Johnson claimed few global leaders raised the issue of the post-Brexit treaty with him at recent summits.

In response to questioning from Sir Keir, he said: “He talks about the UK’s diplomatic ability to win people over.

“It was very striking in the conversations I had with leaders from around the world how few of them, if any, raised the issue of the Northern Ireland Protocol and how much people want to see common sense and no new barriers to trade.

“What the UK is doing is trying to reduce pointless barriers to trade and you’d have thought that he would support that.”

Concluding his keynote speech, Sir Keir said: “In 2016, the British people voted for change. The very narrow question that was on the ballot paper – leaving or remaining in the EU – is now in the past.

“But the hope that underpinned that vote – the desire for a better, fairer, more equitable future for our country is no closer to being delivered.

“We will not return to freedom of movement to create short-term fixes, instead we will invest in our people and our places and deliver on the promise our country has.”