A Brexit backing audience member insisted the UK should already have fully cut ties with the European Union following the historic 2016 referendum. The audience member was quick to respond to the Channel 5 panel, insisting warnings about leaving the EU was “Project Fear mark 2”. The Brexiteer audience member insisted the UK should have left three years ago, straight after the majority of the country voted to leave the Brussels bloc.
Speaking on Channel 5’s ‘Live Brexit Debate – Deal or No Deal?’, the audience member was asked if he still wanted no deal, to which he replied: “Yes, of course.”
He added: “What we heard from Joanna is Project Fear mark 2. That is what has been said to us throughout.
“We should have left the European Union on May 24, 2016, if it was possible.”
The audience members’ remarks were in response to SNP MP, Joanna Cherry, who discussed forecasts protecting the future of the UK post-Brexit.
The debate comes following a turbulent week for Prime Minister Boris Johnson as he tries to secure a deal with the European Union before the scheduled departure date from the bloc.
Mr Johnson has repeatedly said the UK will leave the European Union at the end of October this year, and will head to a crunch EU summit on Thursday.
France’s President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday he hoped a deal could be found between Britain and the European Union in the coming hours.
Macron told a news conference: “I agree with what the German chancellor said on Brexit, and our hope, our willingness to be in a position to endorse a deal, which I hope can be found in the coming hours. In any case, what we’re hearing today is positive.”
Mr Johnson, however, acknowledged there were still “outstanding issues” to get a deal secured on the final day before the EU summit.
His official spokesman said the Prime Minister had on Wednesday afternoon updated his Cabinet, which gave its “full support” to get a deal ahead of the summit after a “positive discussion”.
The spokesman added: “He said there was a chance of securing a good deal but we are not there yet and there remain outstanding issues.”
During a brief address to the 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers, Mr Johnson compared the situation to climbing Mount Everest, according to MPs who attended.
Referring to the Prime Minister, leading Brexiteer Mark Francois said: “He said ‘we are not quite at the summit, we are at the Hillary Step’. The summit is not far but at the moment there is still cloud around the summit’.”
Mr Francois added: “The other thing he said was if we cannot achieve a deal despite the best efforts of the United Kingdom, we will still leave the European Union at Halloween. He was absolutely crystal clear about that.”
The Prime Minister needs to get a deal approved at the summit of EU leaders starting in Brussels on Thursday if he is to avoid a huge debate over a potential Brexit delay.
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Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay confirmed that Mr Johnson will write a letter asking for an Article 50 extension if no deal is in place by Saturday, something the Prime Minister has repeatedly ruled out.
DUP leader Arlene Foster quickly moved to reject a suggestion that her party had accepted the latest proposal on consent.
Irish broadcaster RTE reported that two senior EU sources had confirmed it.
But Mrs Foster tweeted: “‘EU sources’ are talking nonsense. Discussions continue. Needs to be a sensible deal which unionists and nationalists can support.”
It comes as a ComRes survey for Channel 5 and ITN Productions, which is the biggest since the 2016 referendum, found that 54 percent of people back the UK leaving the EU compared to 46 percent who want to Remain.
The 54 percent figure excludes those who responded to say they didn’t know. If the number of Britons who are unsure is included, the result is 50 percent to 42.
In a major win for Brexiteers, 45 percent of people oppose a second referendum versus 41 percent who back another public vote.
Published at Wed, 16 Oct 2019 20:43:00 +0000