WATCH Andrea Leadsom: Broadcasters should be ‘patriotic’
Broadcasters should be “patriotic” about Brexit, Leader of the Commons Andrea Leadsom has said after being challenged on the Government’s plans for leaving the European Union.
Speaking to BBC Newsnight, Ms Leadsom said: “It would be helpful if broadcasters were willing to be a bit patriotic. The country took a decision, this government is determined to deliver on that decision.
Anchor Emily Maitlis then asked if Leadsom was accusing her of being unpatriotic for questioning how negotiations with Brussels were going, to which Ms Leadsom replied: “I’m not accusing you or anything, Emily. I’m simply saying we all need to pull together as a country.”
Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron called the comments a “sinister threat to the free media”.
"How dare Andrea Leadsom tell the press what they should think, this isn't a George Orwell book. She needs to apologise for these comments and realise what she said was frankly stupid."
Ms Leadsom’s comments come after EU Council President Donald Tusk attacked Theresa May’s over her offer on EU citizens’ rights, branding it “below expectation”.