Lib Dem meltdown: Gyimah squirms as Brexiteer Francois savages him in shock ...

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Mr Gyimah is the latest Tory defector to move to the Liberal Democrats this month after rebelling against the Tory Government and trying to block a no deal. During the end of the ITV Peston interview, Mr Francois and Mr Gyimah got into a heated discussion after the Brexiteer asked Mr Gyimah whether he wanted Britain to join a "European empire".

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Rather than answering the question, Mr Gyimah took offence and instead attacked Mr Francois.

He said: “I’ve been in so many of these interviews before where Mark tries to hijack and pretends he’s the interviewer, when he’s not.”

However, Mr Francois savaged the Lib Dem and demanded that he answered the question.

Mr Francois responded: “Just answer the question Sam.

robert-peston-itv-news-brexitGyimah squirms as Brexiteer Francois savages him in shock Peston row (Image: ITV)

robert-peston-itv-newsHost Robert Peston told the pair that they were running out of time (Image: ITV)

“Do you believe it?

“It’s a simple question Sam.”

Mr Gyimah replied: “I didn’t believe in any European empire and this stuff is nonsense.”

Mr Francois then interrupted and said that the notion of a European empire is greatly praised.

READ MORE: Corbyn savaged for betraying working classes – Express.co.uk poll

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