Vince tells Sky that Corbyn walked out of meeting with PM because TIG were there

Vince Cable has just been on Sky News to say that the opposition leaders’ meeting with Theresa May was courteous but just went round in circles.

She was not willing to move at all.

So far so unsurprising.

But what was incredible was his revelation that Jeremy Corbyn was going to meet her with them. But as soon as he saw Chuka Umunna and Anna Soubry there, he legged it.

So the country is in crisis and he is not prepared to behave like a grown up. I remember this sort of game playing in student politics days but not when the country is about to crash and burn.

It’s unbelievable.

I can’t actually believe the horrors that we have as PM and Leader of the Opposition.

I could not believe it when Theresa May said at Prime Minister’s Questions today that the Commons should stop indulging itself on Europe. Without a trace of irony.

It’s almost as if she had forgotten that we are in this mess purely because of the self indulgence of her party on Europe. David Cameron called the referendum to face own the right of his party and now we are all paying the price.

The really annoying thing is that this is all really easily fixable. You know when a toddler is in mid tantrum and can’t see reason? That’s what Theresa May is like now. If she accepted the Kyle Wilson amendment, which is really clever, and calls for a public ratification of the deal, we’d be home and dry. But why won’t she? Is it because she knows fine that she wouldn’t win, and that people would vote to remain?

Vince stated our position clearly:

He said people might be angry if we revoke Article 50 but it would be preferable to leaving without a deal.

* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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  • James Moore 20th Mar '19 - 7:52pm

    All part of Magic Grandpa’s Long Game to stop Brexit, right?

  • What on earth did he expect to achieve by that at a time of national crisis with the clock ticking?

  • David Warren 20th Mar '19 - 8:07pm

    Corbyn is a man who tries to appear as a responsible politician but every so often his mask slips and he reverts back into his left wing rebel comfort zone.

    This is the latest example.

  • roger billins 20th Mar '19 - 8:21pm

    Corbyn is a shocking man and I hope all those naive people at Glastonbury regret the “Oh Jeremy Corbyn “ nonsense. What intrigued me was the Dominic Grieve speech. If he is ashamed to be a Tory, isn’t it time that he and 4 others on the Remain wing cross the floor to us or TIG. This would mean that the Government had no majority. Time for a government of national unity. Ken Clarke too old and tired so Yvette Cooper or Hilary Benn.

  • Sue Sutherland 20th Mar '19 - 8:24pm

    Caroline Lucas said very much the same thing on Channel 4 news.

  • I hardly ever use “stupid” and “evil” in the same breath but …

  • Richard O'Neill 20th Mar '19 - 9:38pm

    Corbyn seems much less bothered about the prospect of a No Deal than May is.

  • Shameful behaviour, but also very stupid. The TIGs have actually had very little media coverage since their launch, and their freshness was beginning to fade. Now JC has just handed them a welcome media cycle in which Chuka looks like the calm responsible adult and he himself looks petty and childish. Jezza has a lot of negative attributes, but one of the most basic ones is that he is not actually that bright.

  • Peter Watson 21st Mar '19 - 1:29am

    This meeting appears to have been a complete waste of everybody’s time yet Corbyn is the villain of the piece?
    Interesting though if Soubry and Umunna were both there: perhaps the TIGs are not quite as unified as they appear.

  • John Chandler 21st Mar '19 - 11:26am

    It’s okay, I have it on very good authority from Corbyn-worshipping friends that he’s still playing the long game and that he will back a People’s Vote *and* stop Brexit simultaneously. We just have to have patience and wait a bit longer.

    Personally, I think he’s cutting it a bit fine. Same for the German car industry.

  • I thought it was petulant but, listening t those who were there, it seems that the ‘input from other party leaders meeting’ was a complete waste of time.
    When I was a manager, and deadlines were looming, we called such meetings “The alternative to work”.

    Maybe, just maybe, Corbyn had better things to do; getting a haircut, grocery shopping, walking the dog; all seem to be time better spent than listening to yet another repeat ,d of “My DEal”, “My Deal”….

  • Steve Trevethan 21st Mar '19 - 3:41pm

    How was this meeting labelled?
    Were the attendees given accurate information about purpose and invitations?
    Which verb is the most objective and accurate to describe Mr Corbyn’s departure?
    If, as seems to be reported, the meeting was not, as advertised, a consultation, what is wrong with an early departure?

  • Jayne Mansfield 22nd Mar '19 - 7:18pm

    @ Steve Trevethan,

    it was not the meeting that leaders of parties would have expected. Jeremy Corbyn was correct to leave, not only are TIG not a party, Mrs may, if she has any ability to think clearly, would know that to invite them was direct provocation.

    And if those who remained played hardball, we can see how impotent they are in the face of Mrs May’s intransigence and quite abnormal political behaviour.

    A complete waste of time and effort by politicians who do not have the nous to know when they on a fool’s errand.

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