Richard Bacon, 43, joined his Good Morning Britain co-host Charlotte Hawkins, 44, to present the show today and they were joined Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps, 50, to discuss the latest Brexit news.

Shapps began the interview by explaining the new funding he was granting for the ports in Britain to the shipping was prepared for a No-Deal Brexit.

With Boris Johnson’s, 55, decision to suspend Parliament being announced earlier this week, the hosts brought up the discussion point with the MP.

As the presenter and guest disagreed on the reason behind the Prime Minister’s decision, Bacon said Johnson should “just admit” the situation is do with Brexit.


Bacon brought the conversation around to Leader of the House of Commons Jacob Rees Mogg’s, 51, appearance on the show yesterday.

The presenters showed Mogg a number of clips of his fellow Conservative party members talking about proroguing earlier this year and today, Bacon focussed on what Health Secretary Matt Hancock, 40 said during his leadership campaign.

Hancock said a suspension of Parliament would be going against what the men on the beaches of Normandy fought for during World War II.

Shapps explained Hancock was suggesting if a situation were to unfold, then Parliament would be suspended all the way through to the Brexit deadline of 31 October.

Johnson’s decision to suspend Parliament will begin in September, with the end being marked by the Queen’s Speech on 14 October.

Bacon told the guest he re-watched what Hancock had said earlier this year and to him, it appeared any talk of proroguing would happen to get Brexit over the line.

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Shapps replied: “That’s not what’s happening,” stating politicians would be back by the time the European Summit dawns mid-October.

With Shapps denying Johnson’s decision was anything to do with Brexit, Bacon called out the Prime Minister, remarking: “It’s ok [if it is], he should just admit it.”

Secretary of State for Transport Shapps detailed Parliament is suspended every year and Johnson’s latest decision is not irregular.

However, the presenters claimed the length of the suspension was of concern to over a million people after a petition was launched to overturn Johnson’s decision.

The politician also stated he didn’t understand why Johnson’s decision had caused such a backlash.

Hawkins then said: “You can’t ignore the fact people are angry about this move.”

Shapps ended the interview by saying the government and industries need to be completely organised in the case there is a No-Deal Brexit.

During yesterday’s interview following Rees-Mogg being shown the clips of Hancock and other Conservative members, the politician shut down Bacon.

The presenter asked: “Can they stay in cabinet given how strongly they are outraged by proroguing?” in reference to the party members disagreeing with the move.

“I think you are being selective in the bits of what they’ve said you’re focussing on,” Rees Mogg said.

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.



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