The Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow invited a question from his new friend and ally, the Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth Stephen Doughty, during today’s session of Prime Minister’s Questions.
A little slot in PMQs today could, perhaps, have been payback for the Penarth MP’s assistance in setting the scene for the Speaker’s “spontaneous” critical comments last month on the impending visit of the President of the USA, Donald Trump.
Doughty said “Mr Speaker, it is our two single markets that are the backbone of our economy, and yet the Prime Minister wants to rip us away from one – and they [pointing to the Scottish Nationalists in the House of Commons ] want to break up the other. Can she” [ referring to the Prime Minister] “tell me is it really a price worth paying – the risky and reckless approach she is taking to Brexit – to foster the break-up of Britain?”
The Prime Minister swatted-away Doughty’s question by saying “The honourable gentlemen is wrong when he uses the term that I want to “rip the United Kingdom away from the Single Market”. What we want to do is… [ interruptions from Labour MPs] –
The Prime Minister continued “I’m sorry to say to honourable members on the Labour benches this is the same answer as I have given consistently in this house. We want to ensure that we get a good Free Trade Agreement which gives us the maximum possible access to the Single Market – to enable us to trade with the Single Market and to operate within the Single Market. “
Doughty was left shaking his head in a sedentary position.