Emily Maitlis showed the Labour MP footage of the public being asked to detail the party’s policy regarding exiting the EU.
One said: “I listened to the news this morning so I should know…”
A second stated: “I don’t think they know themselves to be honest.”
The third added: “They are for it.
“No, actually Labour are not for…no they are for a deal.”
With the uncertainty from the public made clear, the presenter then grilled Mr Starmer over conflicting statements made by Labour MP’s.
She said: “I don’t understand Labour’s position on Brexit; John McDonnell thinks that single market membership is not respecting the referendum, Barry Gardiner also said ‘Brexit means leaving the single market’, Diane Abbott in the shadow cabinet said ‘Labour is not taking any options off the table’.
“You’ve said the single market is important in transitional times, Tom Watson agreed with you on my programme, is that Labour’s position?”
The Brexit Secretary failed to address the disputed remarks from his peers during the latest edition of Newsnight and insisted the UK needs to bow down to the meddling Eurocrats’ court system.
He claimed: “Labour’s position is exactly as I set out over the summer, it was an agreed position that signed off by the shadow cabinet.
“We have called for transitional arrangements after we leave the EU until we get a final deal inside the single market and within a customs union subject to the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice.
“The reason for that is to avoid a cliff edge which all businesses want to avoid to make sure that our economy does not crash but also to make sure that we have got the certainty and stability to see us through to a final deal.”
The onslaught did not stop there for Ms Maitlis, who was eager to express further public uncertainty over Labour and Brexit.
Another member of the public claimed: “I don’t think they know themselves to be honest.”
The final confused citizen said: “It is divided the same as Conservatives.”
Having seen the comments Mr Starmer agreed his party’s message was confusing.
He declared: “Well I appreciate that and we have obviously got to do much more work communicating our message.
“The first question is ‘have we got a clear and agreed position?’ and the answer is after the summer yes we have.
“We obviously have to do more work communicating that but the final deal is going to be a deal we are going to live with for a very long time so we need to get that right.”
Source : EXPRESS