The Conservative MP admitted to being behind Jeremy Hunt in his quest to win the Tory leadership contest and rule the Conservative Party and the country. But when BBC Radio 5 Live host Emma Barnett asked him to explain what is the Foreign Secretary’s “proposition” to break the Brexit deadlock, Mr Garnier ended up being accused of being “patronising”. He replied to the question: “The proposition is to go in and find a way where both sides are confident that you can get a deal through Parliament. And that’s the key thing, Parliament is key to this.”
Gobsmacked by the Tory MP’s answer, Ms Barnett asked: “Sorry, this is genuinely odd. I’m sitting here, I think I followed this quite closely.
“And you’re saying the proposition is to find a proposition that both sides will get behind?”
As the Tory MP agreed, she added: “So you don’t know what Jeremy Hunt’s proposition is.”
But when Mr Garnier claimed “we would have to find out what the European Union wants”, the BBC host said: “We’ll have to find out? So that’s a blind leap of faith by you behind Jeremy Hunt because he hasn’t got a proposition.”
The Conservative backbencher hit back claiming Ms Barnett’s accusation was a “crazy thing to say”.
He added: “I was a trade minister for 18 months and I understand how these things work.
“From the point of view of somebody who understands how trade negotiations work and understand how you try and find a solution, to say that without a defined answer before you start off is to not understand the process of doing trade negotiations.”
The BBC host then accused the Tory MP of being “patronising”.
She said: “I’m finding that rather patronising. And I think my listeners will too.
“I’m sorry: ‘if you had experience in trade negotiations you will know that you can’t go in with a proposition before trade negotiations’.
“I mean, we are now three years into this.”
The nine remaining contenders will find out around 6pm on Tuesday if they have made it to the second round of the leadership.
Those who will not achieve above the threshold of 33 votes will be knocked out of the running.
While those still in the race will go head to head on BBC One this evening for a debate.