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Barry Gardiner: those who expect Brexit cliff edge to trigger election are in “looney tunes territory”

The shadow trade secretary departed radically from the party line during a Prospect event in Liverpool

By Tom Clark  

photo: Matt Crossick/Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment

The shadow trade secretary, Barry Gardiner, has laid bare the continuing tension on the opposition frontbench about Labour’s approach to Brexit. Speaking at a Prospect/Port of Dover fringe event at the party’s conference in Liverpool he warned that it was “looney tunes territory” for anyone to imagine Theresa May rushing to concede an early general election in the event of the Commons voting down her Brexit deal—even though it is official Labour policy to demand one. The remarks could set him on a…

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