The UK’s shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer took to the floor in the House of Commons on Tuesday October 8th to accuse British Prime Minister Boris Johnson of purposely making proposals the EU would reject.
In the days before Starmer’s statement, the Brexit negotiations had been upset by briefings released by an anonymous UK government source, in which European leaders were accused of making a deal impossible. In turn, the EU claimed it was Johnson himself who held up the process.
Starmer agreed with the latter stance, accusing the British government of "descending into a reckless blame game" with the EU and, according to the BBC, said Downing Street had "put forward proposals that were designed to fail.”
During his speech in the Commons, Starmer then added the focus was set all wrong, as it would be the “working people who pay the price.” He further criticised the released briefings and Johnson in particular, by saying the prime minister "never takes responsibility for his own actions.”
Members of parliament were sent home on the evening of October 8th, as parliament will be suspended for a few days before a Queen’s speech at the start of a new session, scheduled for next week.