Andrea Leadsom calls on broadcasters to be more "patriotic" about Brexit

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Leadsom made the comment on Newsnight last night (Source: Getty)

Leader of the Commons Andrea Leadsom has called for broadcasters to be a "bit patriotic" about Brexit in a heated exchange with Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis.

Responding to criticism about how the Brexit negotiations were progressing, Leadsom said: "It would be helpful if broadcasters were willing to be a bit patriotic.

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"The country took a decision, this government is determined to deliver on that decision."

Maitlis hit back by asking whether Leadsom thought she was being unpatriotic for questioning if Prime Minister Theresa May was coming into the negotiations from a position of strength.

The controversy comes as May's promises to EU citizens fell flat in Brussels yesterday.

May has pledged to give EU citizens who have stayed in the UK for more than five years the right to stay after Brexit.

However, European Council president Donald Tusk said the offer was "below our expectations", and EU commission head Jean-Claude Juncker said the Prime Minister's plan was "not sufficient".

Speaking at a press conference in Brussels yesterday, Tusk said:

We want to ensure the full rights for EU and UK citizens after Brexit. My first impression is that the UK offer is below our expectations and that it risks worsening the situation of citizens, but it will be for our negotiating team to analyse the offer line by line.

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