The arch-rejoiner – who has vocally called for the UK to reverse the 2016 referendum – is debating Lord Frost on the merits of leaving the clutches of Brussels. Confirming that the debate will go ahead later today in the House of Lords, the former New Labour cabinet minister tweeted: “I am questioning Lord Frost on ‘the benefits of Brexit’ in the House of Lords at 1pm today.”
His comment quickly attracted a hostile response from many Brexiteers.
One wrote: “But at least the taxpayers of Britain don’t have to pay billions of euros to countries like Italy and Spain like the taxpayers of my country Finland.
“The EU constantly breaks its own rules and I certainly don’t like the idea of a superstate of Europe. It simply won’t work.”
The life peer – who served in the cabinets of both Tony Blair and Gordon Brown – wrote last month that he believed “Brexit will be reversed entirely in this generation”.
Writing in the Independent, he said: “In my view, Brexit almost certainly won’t last in this extreme form and may well be reversed entirely in this generation.
“It mainly requires leadership, and after a year of Sir Keir Starmer saying ‘amen’ to (Boris) Johnson on Brexit, in the forlorn hope that Europe would just go away, this is still sorely lacking.
“A big question in British politics today is where the anti-Johnson leadership in England is to come from.
“Once that question is answered, this hard Brexit deal will start to be reversed.”
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Despite slamming it, the centre-left politician has been tellingly silent on the successes of Brexit.
According to the Office for National Statistics, total exports of goods, excluding precious metals, increased by £1.3billion (4.9 percent) in May, driven by a £1billion (8 percent) increase in exports to EU countries.
The ONS data also showed that the UK imported more from non-EU countries than the EU for the fifth consecutive month, although the gap is narrowing.
It comes as Britain continues to strike international trade deals with countries outside the Brussels bloc.
Last week, US Trade Representative Katherine Tai and her British counterpart Liz Truss agreed to continue working to strengthen bilateral ties in a meeting in Washington.
The pair agreed that their recent truce in a long-running trade dispute over aid for plane makers Airbus and Boeing creates a platform for “future collaboration on shared challenges, including those posed by the anti-competitive practices of China and other non-market economies”.
They also stressed the importance of fair competition in the global economy, and agreed to work together to enhance the international trading system and address forced labour issues.
The International Trade Secretary said the two discussed working together to tackle unfair trade practices, making progress on cooperation on large civil aircraft, and boosting the £196billion trading relationship.
“Trade = growth = jobs,” she wrote on Twitter.