The BBC’s Newsnight programme misrepresented Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn a number of times in a few minutes on Tuesday night, as it attempted to cast Labour as being as split over Brexit as the Tories and to deflect attention from Theresa May’s incompetent negotiations onto Corbyn’s supposed Brexit position.
During an interview with Labour’s excellent Barry Gardiner, interviewer Emily Maitlis first claimed that Corbyn has always thought the UK would be better off outside the EU, then that Corbyn had claimed that Brexit cannot be stopped, when Gardiner explained that he told a German magazine that Labour has no statutory power to stop it.
Maitlis then claimed that Corbyn would not vote to remain if there were a further EU referendum.
But as the Labour Party announced on Twitter shortly after the programme, the claims were false – and the programme had failed to correct them even after the party contacted Newsnight :
Labour’s statement was clear:
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