Labour’s Emily Thornberry sparks fury after comparing Liberal Democrats to the Taliban for threatening to cancel Brexit

Labour’s Emily Thornberry sparks fury after comparing Liberal Democrats to the Taliban for threatening to cancel Brexit

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EMILY Thornberry sparked fury after comparing the Lib Dems to the Taliban for threatening to cancel Brexit.

The Labour frontbencher tore into the party for their “extremist” policy of revoking Article 50 – and therefore cancel Brexit – if they get into No10.

Labour’s Emily Thornberry said the Lib Dems ‘have gotten kind of Taliban’ for threatening to cancel Brexit
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Comparing the Lib Dems to the murderous Afghan regime, she said: “The Lib Dems have gotten kind of Taliban, haven’t they?

“They’ve said they’re just going to revoke, there’s not going to be another referendum.

“I don’t think it’s very democratic to seek to overturn a referendum without asking the people first.

“I really think the only democratic way to get through this and to break the logjam is to go back to the people and trust their good sense.”

But her comments to The House Magazine sparked a massive row as Lib Dems demanded she apologise.

And they accused her of rank hypocrisy, pointing out Jeremy Corbyn’s ties with extremist groups.

FARRON HITS BACK

Former Lib Dem leader Tim Farron jibed: “Come on Emily, if we really were like a Middle East terrorist group, don’t you think Jeremy would’ve invited us to a conference fringe meeting before now?”

Mr Corbyn has been accused of being unfit to be PM by some of his own MPs because of his ties to terror groups.

He has hosted members of the IRA at Parliament and described members of Hamas and Hezbollah as “friends”.

Lib Dem MP Chuka Umunna fumed: “Emily Thornberry should withdraw her inappropriate remarks.


“Language counts – comparing the Lib Dems to a murderous organisation is no laughing matter.”

The Sun understands that some Lib Dem members have started referring to the party as “paramilitary wing of Remain” because of their extreme Brexit-bashing stance.

Mrs Thornberry doubled down on her comments despite the backlash, saying it was a “simple metaphor for people who take the most extreme positions”.

Ex-Labour MP Chuka Umunna who joined Change UK before jumping ship to the Lib Dems has demanded an apology
Ex-Labour MP Chuka Umunna who joined Change UK before jumping ship to the Lib Dems has demanded an apology
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