Labour’s Thornberry calls for Brexit inquiry

Emily Thornberry, U.K. shadow foreign secretary | Ian Forsyth/Getty Images

Labour’s Thornberry calls for Brexit inquiry

UK should look at constitution and Tory conduct after issue is settled, shadow foreign secretary says.


4/7/19, 10:29 PM CET

Updated 4/8/19, 12:40 AM CET

LONDON — Britain should hold an inquiry into how Brexit has been handled, Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry said.

“When all this finishes, we will need to look at how it happened,” Thornberry told a live taping of POLITICO’s EU Confidential podcast in London on Sunday.

“We will need to look at why it is that we spent billions of pounds on no deal. You know, why David Cameron had a referendum without telling the civil servants to prepare in case he lost the referendum,” she said.

“And also, frankly, we will need to look at a lot of Cabinet minutes where they are discussing what’s good for the Tory Party and not what’s good for the country,” Thornberry said.

“The reason that all this is being done at the last minute is because we have the Tory Party for two years fighting amongst themselves as to what the offer to Europe should be. You know, the negotiation is with the Tory Party and not with Europe.”

Asked if she was talking about a public inquiry, she replied: “I’m talking about some form of inquiry.”

Thornberry said any inquiry should look at whether Britain’s unwritten constitution has served the country well on Brexit.

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