Kate Garraway, 52, was joined by her Good Morning Britain co-host Ben Shephard, 44, to present the show today and the pair interviewed Gavin Williamson, 43, in light of the Brexit deadline looming and what deal the Prime Minister has on the table. However, both were left extremely frustrated when the politician failed to give a satisfactory answer as to how Boris Johnson’s, 55, deal is any better than Theresa May’s, 63.
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With the Irish backstop being one of the main issues of the former Prime Minister’s Brexit deal, Johnson met with his Irish counterpart Leo Varadkar, 40, recently with both in agreement a “pathway to a possible deal” is now on the horizon.
As Brexit talks commence once more in Brussels later today, there are still concerns on whether the UK will leave the European Union by the deadline of October 31.
Speaking with Williamson on the show this morning, Garraway and Shephard were intrigued to discover how the government were so sure Johnson’s deal was the best deal.
The politician began the interview by stating it was in the interest of the UK and the EU to get a deal “on both sides” to avoid Ireland being left to forge it’s own customs union separate from the rest of the nation.
Williamson affirmed Johnson had “already shown real compromise” on the proposals which have been put forward with the EU also offering “compromise”.
However, the Education Secretary stated if the issues which arose from May’s deal weren’t addressed, the Johnson’s deal wouldn’t be passed through the House of Commons.
As the hosts noticed similarities between the current deal and what the former Prime Minister had said before her deal was defeated twice, they asked Williamson what the differences were.
Claiming the Prime Minister is “clear” the UK will leave the EU on October 31, Garrway asked if that was the only difference between the two.
Williamson replied: “The Prime Minister has set out very publicly what our position is in terms of what we are offering the European Union as a comprise.”
Shepard jumped in: “Great, so tell us what the difference are?” as the presenters became more frustrated.
“We’ve sat down with the European Union, we’re going to be sitting down with them today, we’ve sat down with the Irish and it was always seen as Republic of Ireland being the key stumbling block,” Williamson replied.
Skirting around the issue of not giving a greater explanation, the politician said: “We can’t provide a commentary in terms of what exactly is going on.”
As the politician tried to continue, he was once again interrupted by Shephard who still wanted answers.
“You can’t provide any detail either for us regardless of the commentary,” the host remarked.
“All we’re asking is you is to tell us what the difference is and you’re just using words. You’re just waffling,” the host added.
After Williamson failed to provide a satisfactory answer, the hosts then moved the interview on as the politician discussed the increase funding proposals for schools across the country.