BREXIT turned the air blue in parliament yesterday as Michael Gove told MPs Labour’s policy was ‘bollocks’.
The environment secretary drew gasps from MPs and was rebuked by Speaker John Bercow who said his use of the word was ‘a matter of taste’.
Mr Gove (pictured) claimed he was quoting shadow international trade secretary Barry Gardiner who allegedly used the word last year to describe Labour’s six tests for a deal.
And he took a swipe at Mr Bercow who has been accused of bias because his wife, Sally, drives a car with the bumper sticker ‘Bollocks to Brexit’.
Mr Gove said: ‘I know there are some distinguished citizens in this country who have put on their cars a poster or sticker saying “Bollocks to Brexit” — but we now know from Labour’s own front bench that their official Brexit position is bollocks.’
Praising Mr Gardiner as a ‘jewel’ and an ‘ornament’ to Labour, he thanked him for ‘casting light on the testicular nature of Labour’s policy’.
Mr Gove spoke as Jeremy Corbyn demanded a general election and admitted Brexit may have to be delayed.
Speaking in Wakefield, the Labour leader said its alternative — keeping the UK in a customs union and single market — was ‘practical and achievable, and clearly has the potential to command majority support in parliament’.
He added: ‘A government that cannot get its business through the House of Commons is no government at all. So I say to Theresa May: if you are so confident in your deal, call that election, and let the people decide.’
He said Labour would table a motion of no-confidence when it had the ‘best chance of success’, and a second referendum could not be ruled out.
But he said an election may require an extension of Article 50 and delay to Brexit beyond March 29.
‘Quite clearly, moving into office at a period right up against the clock, there would need to be time for that negotiation,’ he said.
Meanwhile, Tottenham Labour MP David Lammy urged his party not to ‘patronise’ voters, slamming Brexit as a ‘dangerous fantasy’.