Emily Maitlis: 'I didn't even register' Newsnight host speaks out on THAT Brexit eye-roll

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On Tuesday 12 March, Theresa May’s Brexit deal was defeated in parliament for the second time, resulting in more political turmoil.

Following on from the result, Emily presented Newsnight on the BBC.

But when she grilled a panel of MPs, it looked as though Emily was not impressed by what they had to say as she glared off screen.

It unfolded as she asked Labour MP Barry Gardiner what his party’s stance was on Brexit in their manifesto if an election were held in the following week.

He began: ”To negotiate the deal that we have set out,” before Emily interjected: “That’s going to be on the leaflet?”

The politician continued: ”Well, we will decide what our manifesto position is as we normally do, it’s a democratic party it’s not made up by one person on Newsnight as you know.”

At which point, Emily made the facial expression which went viral on social media.

Now, on an appearance on the Jonathan Ross Show , Emily has explained what went on in that moment.

“I didn’t even register doing it. I think we’ve all been consuming too much Fleabag haven’t we?” she said referring to the BBC comedy where the main character frequently breaks the fourth wall.

Emily continued: “It wasn’t that I disagreed with a policy, I’d just been speaking to the Conservative Minister, then I went to the Labour Minister and I was just like, ‘Somebody please just tell me the truth, please just explain your position’ because neither one of them had.

“My job is just to elicit some kind of sense for the audience, some sort of an answer that makes sense, that’s what everyone watches us for, they don’t want my opinion but they do want me to try and understand what they are telling us.”

Also on the ITV chat show, Emily spoke on meeting Donald Trump six years ago, before he became President of the United States.

She divulged: “It was very funny. He came towards me and gave me this macho manly handshake.

“I was quite surprised because we’d always heard about the germaphobia and how he doesn’t like shaking hands and I said, ‘Oh I thought you had germaphobia?’ and he said, ‘No not with you. I shake hands with you. It’s them that I don’t shake hands with.’

“And I said, ‘Oh the people in your lobby?’ and he’s like ‘Yes.’ Or the voters as we now call them.

“It was a weird introduction to this billionaire businessman long before any of us realised that he was going to have political intentions.”

Emily was appointed as lead presenter for Newsnight earlier this year as she replaced Evan Davis.

Prior to taking on the role, she had been political editor and presenter on the programme.

On her new appointment, Emily said: “I am delighted to be moving into this role at a time when Newsnight feels so pivotal to our understanding of this extraordinary moment in British history, and to be working with such an exceptional team.”

The Jonathan Ross Show airs tomorrow at 9.20pm on ITV.

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