This video has been edited to make Keir Starmer appear confused at the end


A video showing Labour MP and shadow Brexit minister Keir Starmer answering a number of questions about the party’s Brexit policy on Good Morning Britain, but being unable to answer the final one has been shared thousands of times. It has been edited to show Mr Starmer not answering a question when he actually did.

Throughout the clip, Mr Starmer explains Labour’s policy to renegotiate a withdrawal agreement with the EU and hold a referendum asking the public whether they want to leave on the basis of that deal or remain in the EU. Whether you think his responses equate to ‘not answering the question’ as the Facebook posts claim is a matter of opinion.

But there is one part of the video that is misleading. In the video, originally shared by the Conservative party’s Twitter account, Mr Starmer appears to be unable to respond at the end of the clip when asked by Piers Morgan “Why would the EU give you a good deal if they know that you’re going to actively campaign against it?”

The video has been edited and inaccurately portrays what actually happened. As we outline here, Mr Starmer actually replied to the question posed at the end by Mr Morgan. The footage seemingly showing Mr Starmer apparently being unable to answer the question appears to have been taken from earlier on in the interview when he was listening to a question.

This article is part of our work fact checking potentially false pictures, videos and stories on Facebook. You can read more about this—and find out how to report Facebook content—here. For the purposes of that scheme, we’ve rated this claim as partly false because Mr Starmer did promptly answer Mr Morgan’s question. His pause has been edited in.

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