A BBC QUESTION Time audience member was applauded in Scotland last night after urging the Government to implement the result of the 2016 Brexit vote, telling the panel “we want out”.
He argued recent local election results, as well as the rise in support for the Brexit Party, shows the public still wants to leave the EU. Two of the Question Time panel, Liberal Democrat Christine Jardine and the SNP’s John Swinney, called for another referendum. The UK will take part in European Parliament elections next week, which the Brexit Party is forecast to win.
The audience member asserted: “My question was should this put an end to a People’s Vote and the panel are basically saying no.
“They haven’t taken into cognisance the result of the local election in England and Wales, which gave the Conservatives and Labour a tanking, and the polls are on for the Brexit Party to win the European elections.
“Surely the public vote from England and Wales, and the forthcoming European elections, should make politicians sit up and smell the coffee and realise we want out”.
Last night’s Question Time was broadcast from Elgin in Moray, Scotland.
The other panellists were Labour’s leader in Scotland Richard Leonard, Conservative MP Bim Afolami and Eilidh Douglas, vice-chair of Amnesty International UK.
Mr Leonard used the appearance to urge people to vote Labour to block a hard-Brexit.
He commented: “The test next Thursday is whether people are prepared to countenance a no-deal Brexit or not.
“The choice will be between an insurgent Brexit Party or defeating them, and defeating what they stand for.
“Now my view is the best way to do that is to vote Labour next week.”
The SNP are campaigning for another referendum on the UK’s EU membership.
Labour’s manifesto for the European Parliament suggests a “public vote” as an option, if a general election or the party’s preferred customs union plan can’t be produced.
Theresa May announced yesterday she will layout a timetable for her departure after her Brexit withdrawal agreement comes before Parliament for the fourth time, in early June.
This could coincide with President Trump’s state visit to the UK, from 3 to 5 June.