Kate Garraway and Ranvir Singh stunned as MP storms off heated GMB debate
Kate Garraway and Ranvir Singh were left stunned after Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice Robert Buckland exited Friday's Good Morning Britain.
The pair had been going at it hammer and tongs with the MP, as they urged for answers about the amber travel list.
Ranvir was particularly keen to understand the point of it.
She said: "It's a complete neglect of reality, it's hiding behind policy and hiding behind words, not truly looking in the face of the reality of what is going to happen in the next five days.
"But we will have to leave it there because we have asked you several times to explain the relevance of the amber list.
"People at home can decide for themselves if they are satisfied with your answers."
That was the final straw for the minister, who hit back: "Well if I could've got a word in edgeways I would have been able to answer – thanks," before leaving the interview as the TV hosts were mid conversation.
Surprised, Kate added: "He's off! He's off!"
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Before the interview was cut short, Ranvir explained: "The issue is of course is, what is the point of an amber list? I really struggle to understand this, why not just have a green list and a red list? So people know, go or don't go.
"What is the point of dangling this carrot of countries that might or might not be green in two weeks' time.
"You've got a holiday booked and you think 'well I'll just risk it otherwise I'll lose my money.'
"The holiday companies don't know whether to refund you or not because the Government says it's not illegal to go, so they think, 'well why should we lose out?'
"There's no real help here."
Kate appeared to be equally annoyed as telling the minister: "There's no clarity or commitment from the Government on that."
Ranvir interjected: "You've literally called a situation where people are having to choose between losing money or breaking the law, and quite frankly it's outrageous."
Mr Buckland clapped back: "With respect, I really don't agree with that.
"I think having an amber system is sensible because the rules there don't require people to go into a hotel, on a red system you've got to go into one of those hotels."
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Demanding answers Kate asked: "That's still not answering the point. You've booked your holiday, you've paid your price before the pandemic; you haven't done anything silly like book it during it.
"There's lots and lots of people who are in that position and lots and lots of people are not supported at home by their employers because they're working in an independent way and they have to make that choice.
"What is the clarity and what's the point of the amber list?"
Mr Buckland remained defiant on his position throughout, explaining that the amber list was "middle tier" but self-isolation must be adhered to after travel.
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays on ITV at 6am
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