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Chris Grayling was left floundering this morning as he got an on-air grilling about why the Government's Brexit plans hit the skids in what viewers branded a 'car crash' interview.
The Transport Secretary left the presenter Charlie Stayt less than impressed as he refused to say what ministers are doing to get the stalled talks back on track.
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Theresa May and her minsters have been given just 48 hours to get the DUP to sign up to a new plan or face trade talks being delayed until next year.
Viewers heaped praise on Stayt and said he was showing Radio 4's flagship Today programme how it's done, while another viewer hailed him a 'bad a**'.
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In a scathing assessment of the Cabinet minister's explanation as to why negotiations have hit the buffers, Stayt said: ‘I'm not quite sure what your role was today in doing media interview.
'Was your job to reassure people that everything is going well and everything is in hand?' Because I am not sure you are doing that.’
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The PM's push to strike a deal to move on to the next stage of talks collapsed at the eleventh hour on Monday after the DUP pulled the plug on the plan amid fears it would tear the UK apart.
Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar last night said he expected to see a new draft of the proposed divorce deal today so the new plan can be back in Brussels this week.
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But the DUP poured cold water on hoped for a quick resolution and say they do not expect a new agreement this week.
As Mrs May faces a frantic scramble to get the crunch talks back on track, her Brexit -backing Transport Secretary toured the television studios this morning to bat for the Government.
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But as Stayt grilled him about how the Government...
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It had only one fault, it was useless.