The former Labour MP faced criticism after the Liberal Democrats changed their policy from holding a People’s Vote to revoking a democratic vote as Mr Ummuna explained a general election is in effect a People’s Vote. But Sky News host Sarah-Jane Mee noted the drastic change causes unrest in the party when there wasn’t any, to begin with. She went on to point out a huge flaw in their plan to revoke the Brexit vote as they would officially need to hold a second referendum.
Ms Mee said: “Do you think you’ve perhaps gone a step too far? Your policy on Brexit was clear, it was backing a People’s Vote or a second referendum, whatever people wish to call it.
“A lot of people are looking at the Liberal Democrats and saying, ‘that’s the only party that is showing unity on Brexit at the moment in terms of their thinking’.
“You’ve now got Liberal Democrat members saying you can’t cancel Brexit without officially having a second referendum without going back to the people again in that respect.
“You’ve just created unrest in your party where there wasn’t any.”Chuka Ummuna was grilled on Sky News as the host accused the Liberal Democrats of causing unrest (Image: SKY)Mr Ummuna said a general election is in effect a People's Vote (Image: SKY)
Mr Umunna responded: “The motion to have a policy of revoking Article 50 in the manifesto was overwhelmingly passed by delegates at this conference.
“Yes, there was a minority who disagreed with it but there was a clear majority for the policy.
“And we are having a People’s Vote in the form of a general election. If we’re elected after that People’s Vote we will immediately stop Brexit and that’s what people know the Liberal Democrats for.
“People have always known that is the goal. The means pending a general election has been a People’s Vote but obviously if you have a general election that is a People’s Vote.”Sky News host Sarah-Jane Mee noted the drastic change causes unrest in the party (Image: SKY)
Mr Umunna went on to note an important aspect of the next general election is who the public want to be Prime Minister as he took aim at his rivals.
But Ms Sarah-Jane Mee asked if the Liberal Democrats divisive stance as an “anti-Brexit party” does the country any good.
She highlighted that Ms Swinson has spoken about uniting the country but each party has been put into a “far-right” or “far-left” category.
Mr Umunna said what unites the country is that the public are fed up of Brexit.
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He said: “I think something else that’s going to be very important in the general election which is who do you want to be Prime Minister.
“Boris Johnson is I think illustrating vividly why he is incapable of doing the job properly these last few weeks, in particular.
“Jeremy Corbyn is clearly unfit to be Prime Minister. We’ve got a new young dynamic leader who has unity in her party so is not having to be consumed by fighting in party political wars.
“She can actually focus on the needs of the people and I think Jo is going to prove to be a wildcard.”