The Independent Group MP got into a fiery debate as he called for Britain to have a so-called ‘People’s Vote’ on the final Brexit deal. The heated exchange began when the Sky News host said: “Interestingly, you spoke about an extreme Brexit. Well, a while ago I was talking to Sir Bernard Jenkin and he said to me that 90 percent of people who voted Leave in the 2016 referendum would prefer the UK to leave on no deal.
“So, he is set in his position and that’s not going to move. You are stuck in your position where you are calling for a People’s Vote. So, we remain at this impasse – we are not moving forwards on this.”
In response, Mr Umunna said Bernard Jenkin was one of the “architects of this mess”, adding: “He was a leading figure who created the Vote Leave campaign.”
But the Sky News host quickly fired back and said: “He could accuse you of being an architect for this mess because of the fact that you were calling for a People’s Vote and we have already had a referendum.”
Mr Umunna replied and claimed Britain does not have a People’s Vote so it is not “causing the chaos we find ourselves in now”.
He blasted: “A vote to Leave has caused us to be in the chaos we are in now.”
Mr Umunna claimed, despite there being a majority of British people voting to leave the EU in the 2016 Brexit referendum, that people had rejected calls for a hard Brexit by not voting for the Tory Party in the 2017 general elections.
The former Labour Party MP claimed he has “compromised” in his calls for a second Brexit referendum by asking for the Brexit deal to be included on the ballot paper.
The comments come after Prime Minister Theresa May wrote to the European Council President on Friday to request a further delay to Brexit until June 30.
European Council President Donald Tusk has also this week proposed a counter-proposal to Mrs May’s request to extend the Article 50 process.
Mr Tusk has said Britain could have a 12-month “flexible” extension to its Brexit date, according to a senior EU source.
His plan, which would need to be agreed by EU leaders at a summit next week, would allow the UK to leave sooner if Parliament ratifies a deal.
Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg was infuriated by calls for a long Brexit extension. He wrote on Twitter: “If a long extension leaves us stuck in the EU we should be as difficult as possible.
“We could veto any increase in the budget, obstruct the putative EU army and block Mr Macron’s integrationist schemes.”