Ben Shephard silenced as Dominic Raab hits back in Brexit debate: ‘Give me a few seconds!’

Ben Shephard silenced as Dominic Raab hits back in Brexit debate: ‘Give me a few seconds!’


Brexit: UK has ‘behaved flexibly’ says Dominic Raab

Ben Shephard, 45, and Charlotte Hawkins, 45, were on hand to host Good Morning Britain and spoke with Dominic Raab, 46, towards the end of the show about viewers’ concerns over Brexit negotiations. Referring to the reports the chairman of Tesco stating the retailer will be stock-piling long-life products in case of any disruption caused by the UK’s divorce from the EU, the politician tried to explain there was nothing to worry about. However, as the ITV news presenter tried to jump in to ask more questions about Brexit, the Foreign Secretary hit back as he told the broadcaster he needed to make some important points to those watching at home.

Ms Hawkins was the first to quiz the politician as she asked: “I want to pick up on the point you said about it being scaremongering to talk about food supplies being affected.

“But Tesco chairman John Allen has said the worst-case scenario of a no-deal Brexit would mean short-term disruption to supplies and higher prices for consumers as a result of substantial tariffs.

“Presumably, you’ve done the figures on this in the event of a no-deal and how much this will affect consumers.

“What’s it going to mean, for example, (for) our average weekly spend on food in the supermarket?” the presenter asked.

Mr Raab began to reply as he said: “First of all, in relation to the CEO of Tesco, he said earlier in the month said the retailer was well placed for Brexit without a new free trade deal.”

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Mr Shephard then tried to jump on this but was immediately silenced by the politician as he told the host to let him answer.

“Can you give me just a couple of seconds to answer because there were three different points in there,” the Foreign Secretary demanded.

He then continued as he explained: “In relation to the food supply, 50 percent of UK food supply comes from within the UK.

“20 percent comes from outside the EU, 30 percent from the EU so we’ve got a good diversification of food supply.”

Brexit: UK has ‘behaved flexibly’ says Dominic Raab

Give me a couple of seconds to answer

Dominic Raab

“On food prices, the risk is the EU would impose tariffs on the UK,” Mr Raab continued, adding: “That would have significant and substantially damage European producers.

“But even so, in relation to the cost of living and average food prices, it is a very small proportion. Many other things will affect the price of food in this country.”

Mr Shephard was then allowed to continue the interview after the politician had finished debunking worries over a no-deal Brexit.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, 56, travelled to Brussels on Wednesday to speak with EU chief Ursula von der Leyen, 62, as the deadline of January 1, 2021, for the UK’s divorce from the EU rapidly approaches.

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Following the meeting, both sides there were still “large gaps” in relation to negotiations and how Britain can benefit from leaving the EU.

Mr Raab explained he does not think the talks will continue for much longer, with this Sunday being a checkpoint to bring discussions to an end.

However, on Good Morning Britain the politician was confident about the future as he said the UK had the Withdrawal Agreement and the Northern Ireland protocol.

The guest commended his colleagues in the Cabinet for the hard work they had been doing to secure a deal for Britain.

Taking to Twitter, viewers commented on the politician’s explanation as one wrote: “Loved the show today it’s great when you can actually hear the responses from the politician. Presenters did a great job @benshephard @CharlotteHawkns.”

Another added: “We need to be buying more British goods and investing in producing our own. We can’t be afraid of threats of the EU no deals. Better than a bad one. Britan will survive this and anything else.”

Whilst a third posted: “It’s not about Boris or any other politicians, Brexit went through on independence. Hold out for what the majority voted for. #gmb.”

“We are leaving the EU one way or another. The EU insist on control over our laws. We can not agree to that as it would tie us permanently to the EU. No deal is the only deal that allows GB to gain back control of GB,” a fourth shared.

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.

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