BBC Question Time LIVE: Fiona Bruce hosts Julia Hartley-Brewer and Clive Lewis for debate

BBC Question Time LIVE: Fiona Bruce hosts Julia Hartley-Brewer and Clive Lewis for debate

The two politicians will likely clash as the panel discusses the biggest stories of the week. 

The Labour MP and journalist will be joined by Tory MP James Cleverly, the SNP’s Ian Blackford and law professor, Catherine Barnard. 

Following Theresa May’s loss in Parliament on Tuesday, Brexit and the current impasse in Parliament will likely dominate the discussion. 

And following Wednesday’s vote to eliminate a no deal Brexit, Mrs May now faces the tricky scenario of bringing her deal back to the Commons next week in yet another meaningful vote.

Clive Lewis joins Julie Hartley-Brewer on Question Time tonight

Clive Lewis joins Julie Hartley-Brewer on Question Time tonight (Image: BBC)

11:42pm: Question Time Ends

Next week’s programme will be from Belfast. 

One of the panel members will be staunch EU critic Yanis Varoufakis.

11:41pm: One woman argues that her future is at stake

She also adds that it’s not about who can shout loudest.

Her comments get a round of applause.

11:39pm: Clive Lewis argues that Mrs May is “a human shield”

Ms Barnard concludes that Mrs May’s deal isn’t finished just yet. 

One member of the audience argues that Boris Johnson as leader of the party is “terrifying”.

A woman from the audience asks for a second vote which results in a round of groans from the crowd. 

11:36pm: Mr Blackford concludes that Mrs May has “lost the confidence of Parliament”

Ms Hartley-Brewer argues that Mrs May should’ve gone a long time ago. 

She is asked who should take over to which an audience member shouts “Jeremy Corbyn”.

Ms Hartley-Brewer jokes that Mr Corbyn doesn’t have the confidence of his own party. 

SNP MP Ian Blackford

SNP MP Ian Blackford (Image: BBC)

11:32pm: The Prime Minister is putting her “ego” ahead of the country says Ms Hartley-Brewer

Mr Cleverly defends the Prime Minister. 

He argues that we can never have widespread acceptance of a deal. 

The Tory MP now engages in a discussion with an audience member.

11:30pm: One man insists that Mrs May’s party isn’t “playing ball”

He argues that a compromise deal is needed.  

Ms Barnard reveals that Mrs May wasted time following the referendum.

Moreover, she insists that this is just “the end of the beginning”.

11:26pm: An audience member threatens of the repercussions of a second referendum

He adds: “I will never vote again.”

Mr Blackman insists that Mrs May has never sort to talk to other parties until two months ago. 

He concludes: The rest of us are paying for the price of the Tory split.”

James Cleverly

James Cleverly (Image: BBC)

11:22pm: Clive Lewis responds

The Labour MP: “You’re chatting breeze!”

Mr Lewis attacks Mr Cleverly’s remarks. 

An audience member asks why all the parties weren’t negotiating right at the start.

11:20pm: James Cleverly is asked whether Mrs May the same question

He says: “We owe a duty to the country.”

Mr Cleverly responds that the Labour party refused to talk to the Conservative Party.

Fiona Bruce asks when exactly was it when Mrs May reached out.

Mr Cleverly fails to give a date.

11:18pm: Audience question

Is the Prime Minister putting party before country but not seeking cross-party opinion on her deal?

Clive Lewis answers “yes”. 

He adds: “We have a humiliated Prime Minister that has now been defeated twice.

“We need a political system that can find consensus.”

11:14pm: The panel now moves to evaluate Geoffrey Cox’s role

Ms Barnard argues that the EU will never allow “the UK a unilateral ability” to get out of the Irish backstop. 

Ian Blackford now clashes with Ms Hartley-Brewer over the age of voters.

The journalist concludes that we must enact the referendum result

The audience member puts forward an animated attack on the Leave campaign

The audience member puts forward an animated attack on the Leave campaign (Image: BBC)

11:10pm: One of the men argues that we have to honour the vote

He says: “It is nothing but arrogance from the people who lost the vote.”

His comments are meant with cheers and applause.

He adds: “We only need an extension because MPs have failed.”

11:08pm: Audience question

He says: “Why would we support a second vote when the first referendum wasn’t honoured?”

Another member of the audience argues in favour of a second vote.

One man attacks the Leave campaign for its lies and false promises and is interrupted by another member of the public. 

The two engage in an argument over Brexit. 

11:06pm: James Cleverly argues that “we must respect the referendum result”

An audience member adds that the Government must serve the people and deliver Brexit. 

His remarks get widespread applause from other audience members. 

Clive Lewis

Clive Lewis (Image: BBC)

11:01pm: Audience question

If Theresa May’s plan is allowed so many votes, can’t the people have one too?

Mr Lewis once again puts forward the case for a People’s Vote.

Ian Blackford agrees with the audience member and argues that Mrs May has violated Parliamentary procedure.

He added: “This Government has failed.”

10:59pm: Mr Blackford insists that Scotland will “remain a European country” 

Catherine Barnard gets her chance. 

She says that we need an extension if we want a no deal scenario.

10:56pm: Ian Blackford now takes the mantle

He says that it is “frightening” what could happen in the event of a no deal Brexit. 

He concludes that there could be serious risks to supply chains.

Mr Blackford adds that the Government could put the country into recession. 

The Scottish slates Labour for their weak stance on the matter to a round of applause from the audience. 

10:52pm: The audience enters into the debate

One man argues that we had a referendum that was based “on lies” and financial fraud. 

The man demands to have another referendum. 

An audience member concludes Theresa May’s deal is the only one we’ll get and we must go through with it. 

Julia Hartley-Brewer

Julia Hartley-Brewer (Image: BBC)

10:50pm: An audience member argues that we need an extension to find a good deal for the country

Ms Hartley-Brewer remains steadfast in her belief of a no deal.

She argues that she has “confidence in our nation”.

10:48pm: Ms Hartley-Brewer continues

She says: “I’d be very happy with a no deal.”

Her comments get around of applause from the audience.

Clive Lewis takes over and is heckled by an audience member while arguing that the Conservative is in a mess. 

10:45pm: First Question

Is there a purpose to extending Article 50?

James Cleverly answers first and admits that he is “more than happy to have a minor extension”.

Julia Hartley-Brewer dismisses the possibility of extending Article 50.

She argues that the Government should honour the referendum result. 

Who is Clive Lewis?

Mr Lewis is the current Shadow Treasury Minister. 

He has been MP for Norwich South since 2015.

The Labour MP also served in the Army Reserves for three years and served in Afghanistan. 

Who is Julia Hartley-Brewer?

Julia Hartley-Brewer is a journalist and political commentator. 

She currently presents a regular show on Talkradio. 

Before that, Ms Hartley-Brewer was the Political Editor at the Sunday Express. 

Who is James Cleverly? 

James Cleverly is the current Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party. 

He has been MP for Braintree since 2015.

Mr Cleverly currently serves in the Army Reserves and has done since 1989. 

Who is Ian Blackford?

Ian Blackford is the leader of the SNP in the House of Commons. 

Mr Blackford has been MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber since 2015. 

Before his political career, Mr Blackford spent 20 years in the financial industry. 

Who is Catherine Barnard? 

Catherine Barnard is a professor of EU law at the University of Cambridge. 

Ms Barnard was appointed reader in EU law at the university in 2004. 

Ms Barnard has also been a fellow of Trinity College since 1996. 

Published at Fri, 15 Mar 2019 00:02:00 +0000