Chuka Umunna Defends People’s Vote Bid: “It’s Not My Job To Facilitate Brexit”

16 January 2019, 15:45

A Labour MP has defended his bid for a second referendum, telling LBC: “It’s not my job to facilitate Brexit”.

Chuka Umunna admitted “I would like Brexit not to happen” as he called for a so-called People’s Vote to break the parliamentary deadlock.

He spoke as MPs debated Jeremy Corbyn’s no-confidence motion in the government.

There’s growing pressure for the Labour leader to back a second referendum if, as expected, his attempt at an early election fails.

“It’s not my job to facilitate Brexit”
“It’s not my job to facilitate Brexit”. Picture: LBC

Mr Umunna previously voted to trigger Article 50, but doesn't want Brexit to go ahead.

“I don’t want to facilitate Brexit, I make no bones about it,” the MP for Streatham told Shelagh Fogarty.

“I would like Brexit not to happen but I do understand it can only be the case at the instigation of the people.”

Shelagh replied: “Isn’t it your job then to facilitate Brexit?”

“No,” Mr Umunna responded. “I don’t think it is my job to facilitate Brexit.

“I represent a borough which voted 80% Remain three years ago and that really hasn’t really changed at all.

“So no it is not my job to facilitate this Conservative Brexit.”

More Shelagh Fogarty News

See more More Shelagh Fogarty News

Headteacher tells LBC of more than £67,000 increase in her school's energy bills

Headteacher tells LBC of more than £67,000 increase in her school's energy bills

Governance 'undermined' by No10 'survival' culture, Shad. Chief Treasury Sec tells Shelagh Fogarty

Governance 'undermined' by No10 'survival' culture, Shad Chief Treasury Sec tells Shelagh Fogarty

Shelagh Fogarty's devastating takedown of Boris Johnson partygate denial

Shelagh Fogarty's devastating takedown of Boris Johnson partygate denial

'Morally inept' NDA practice in uni sex cases must be scrapped, Minister insists

'Morally inept' uni sex case NDAs must be scrapped, Minister demands

Partygate scandal: 'I will never vote Conservative again,' caller says

Partygate scandal: 'I will never vote Conservative again,' passionate caller says

Ex-Met standards boss defends lack of No10 party investigations

Ex-Met standards boss defends lack of No10 party investigation

Tory MP Sir Roger Gale tells LBC party has to replace Boris Johnson as leader

Tory MP Sir Roger Gale tells LBC Boris Johnson has to be replaced as leader

Shelagh Fogarty's passionate clash with caller defending No10 party

Shelagh Fogarty's passionate clash with caller defending Number 10 party

Pavan Sagoo passed away in the same month Downing Street held a party for staff.

Mum who lost daughter, 14, during May 2020 lockdown too devastated to say the PM's name

Cladding crisis: Caller facing bankruptcy and 'fighting it every single day on credit cards'

Cladding crisis: Caller fighting bankruptcy 'every single day on credit cards'

Colston's Girls' School ex-pupil reveals 'inappropriate' rituals to slave trader

Colston's Girls' School ex-pupil reveals 'inappropriate' rituals to slave trader

'I will now say that I forgive the person who killed my son'

'I will now say that I forgive the person who killed my son'

Shelagh Fogarty takes issue with caller saying PM lies with 'every word'

Best of 2021: Shelagh Fogarty takes issue with caller saying PM lies with 'every word'

Shelagh Fogarty's best moments of 2021

Shelagh Fogarty's best moments of 2021

Best of 2021: Clash with caller branding bikini-wearing girls 'shocking'

Best of 2021: Clash with caller branding bikini-wearing girls 'shocking'

Sadiq Khan: Omicron will 'surge' without new restrictions post-Christmas

Sadiq Khan: Omicron will 'surge' without new restrictions post-Christmas