Good Morning Britain returned to ITV with the first instalment of the week and it was the turn of Richard Bacon and Ranvir Singh to present the show.
Those watching at home saw the hosts joined by Lord Andrew Adonis and Claire Fox live in the studio to discuss the unprecedented leak of government documents which suggested Britain would face a series of shortages in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
After highlighting the possible consequences the country could endure should they leave the European Union on October 31 without a deal, Lord Adonis gave his thoughts.
But Bacon questioned whether or not the use of strong comparisons was necessary or whether it just increased the scaremongering.
“I don’t know who leaked it, but it was their patriotic duty to,” Lord Adonis explained initially.
The document detailing preparations under Operation Yellowhammer argues severe delays to medicine, food and petrol supplies which could see shortages of fresh foods, combined with price rises.
Suggesting why it was a good thing for the public to be made aware of these potential issues, Lord Adonis continued: “This was a government document which assessed we are about to head over a cliff as a country.
“It’s absolutely right, in the exact the same way Winston Churchill was giving details of military unpreparedness in the 1930’s, it is absolutely right we are doing the same about what is going to be an absolute national catastrophe if this is allowed to happen!”
“What we’ve got to bear in mind as well, so much of the attack at the moment doesn’t take into account a much bigger threat we face at the moment,” Fox counter argued.
“If we don’t deliver this, there’s going to be a democratic crisis unparalleled. And we’ve nearly seen that and I think that’s underestimated,” she continued.
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The conversation continued, but Bacon was keen to return to Lord Adonis earlier argument and asked: “With your point, there are certainly credible arguments about it reducing the countries growth, the projections, they are perfectly reasonable they aren not mad projections.
“But do you not worry you overstate your case?
“When you say the economy will be ‘destroyed’, bringing up the Second World War, when you bring up teenage suicide, don’t you lose the argument when you make these massive comparisons? Rather than detail of what needs to happen?
“Well it’s the cumulative detail which of course will be devastating for the country,” the guest defended.
“This country depends upon trade, people’s jobs depend on us being able to sell our goods abroad.
“If you do something that dramatically impacts your capacity to sell your goods abroad, if you do that, it does do phenomenal damage to your economy and way of life. It’s perfectly right for us to be pointing that out.”
It comes after Lord Adonis has suggested a no-deal Brexit is Britain’s way of ‘self-harming’.
Those watching the segment at home took to Twitter to discuss the arguments which were put forward by the guests on GMB earlier today.
One said: “@GMB Full on trying to scare people.”
“Spot on @Fox_Claire if it’s not delivered this time & the false scaremongering continues we will have no democracy left in this country just look at what’s happening in France let alone Hong Kong.”
Good Morning Britain airs weekday mornings at 6am on ITV.