Dominic Grieve was warning about the consequences of a no deal Brexit when both Nigel Farage and Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan clashed with him. Former Ukip leader Farage claimed the objectives of the referendum were clear to leave both the single market and customs union. Conservative MP and former Attorney General Mr Grieve stepped in, warning about the consequences of Britain leaving without a deal.
He said: “It is useless talking in those terms.
“If you are really going to crashing out with absolutely no deal, people can’t take the plane the following day.”
The remark sparked a furious row with Farage bursting out shouting “for goodness sake”, followed by adding: “grow up!”
Good Morning Britain host Mr Morgan stepped in claiming concerns over aviation post-Brexit were a “myth”.
He said: “I had breakfast with somebody who runs one of the major airlines in this country who told me it is complete nonsense.
“It is a myth. It is as true as the £350million a week on the bus, it is a scaremongering myth. Planes would not stop flying.”
Conservative MP Mr Grieve replied: “I’m sorry, it’s wrong.”
Former Ukip leader interrupted again asking whether Britons would “starve as well” and whether “drinking water would be no good”.
Mr Grieve snapped back: “Either you get peripheral deals, which you may get very easily. If you are really talking about crashing out with absolutely no agreement of anything at all there will be lots of things which will happen, which people don’t want.
“I don’t want to talk about the Armageddon, what I want to talk about is some rational way forward.
“Nigel simply saying ‘Leave means Leave means Leave’, does not answer the question.”
The debate comes following Prime Minister Theresa May opting to postpone the meaningful vote on her Brexit agreement in fear of a humiliating defeat.
Mrs May spoke with her cabinet colleagues via a conference call on Monday before later addressing the Commons and announcing the delay. Speaking in the Commons, Mrs May asked MPs the fundamental question: “Does this House want to deliver Brexit?”
Up to 100 Conservative MPs were reportedly considering voting against the Prime Minister’s agreement, with many angry at the backstop element of the Withdrawal Agreement which threatens to keep the UK tied into the EU’s customs union indefinitely.
SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon urged Jeremy Corbyn to call a motion of no confidence in the Government and for them to team up to resolve Brexit for the UK.
She tweeted: “So Jeremy Corbyn – if Labour, as official opposition, lodges motion of no confidence in this incompetent government tomorrow, the SNP will support & we can then work together to give people the chance to stop Brexit in another vote. This shambles can’t go on – so how about it?”
The Prime Minister travelled to Europe on Tuesday to try to gain concessions from the bloc on her EU deal. Mrs May will have another chance to make her case during an EU leaders summit on Thursday.
President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker tweeted: “I will meet Theresa May this evening in Brussels. I remain convinced that the #Brexit deal we have is the best – and only – deal possible. There is no room for renegotiation, but further clarifications are possible.”