Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn demanded that Prime Minister Theresa May reveals full details on the government’s plans for leaving the EU in a speech following the High Court ruling that parliament must be involved in Brexit.
But when a journalist then asked Corbyn if he would welcome an early general election, he was slightly less outspoken.
In fact, he accused the journalist of “harassing” him with her single question, before walking backwards out of the room.
Jeremy Corbyn ducks question on general election; accuses @LibbyWienerITV of 'harrassment' https://t.co/6IPEIahDbj https://t.co/ZUsiTrBbRX— ITV News (@ITV News) 1478348308
The silence from Corbyn is extra confusing because he told the Mirror he would force May to hold an election early next year if she doesn’t agree to Labour’s terms for Brexit, including retaining access to the single market, and maintaining EU workplace rights.
Theo Bertam, former adviser to Labour's last two prime ministers, Gordon Brown and Tony Blair, pointed out that this should be an easy question for Corbyn:
But it’s okay, because people have had a lot of fun with the Labour leader’s latest blunder online:
Jeremy Corbyn’s office responds to a visiting journalist's question about an early general election… https://t.co/pdjy2U39vl— Dave Jones 🏴🏳️🌈 (@Dave Jones 🏴🏳️🌈) 1478369448
What a time to be the Leader of the Opposition.