The last Question Time of the year saw Conservative Nicky Morgan as well as Labour’s Rebecca Long-Bailey joined on the panel by Professor Robert Winston, comedian Geoff Norcott as well as journalist Isabel Oakeshott in Barnsley. So what happened?
Coming the day after Theresa May’s first Commons defeat as prime minister on a key Brexit vote, the item came as no surprise in which the first question of the night was about whether “some MPs” were “trying to subvert the will of the British people” on Brexit.
The lengthy exchanges over the significance of Wednesday’s vote – which demanded MPs get a legal guarantee in which they will get a vote on any Brexit deal – went on to dominate much of the programme.
Ms Morgan, one of the Conservative rebels, as well as Labour’s Ms Long-Bailey both found themselves on the receiving end of barracking through some members of the audience.
Ms Morgan says there has to be a proper debate about the “divisive” subject of Brexit. She set out her position:
however journalist Isabel Oakeshott, a Brexit supporter, said she had “humiliated” the prime minister as well as undermined her negotiating position.
Ms Long-Bailey – whose party joined with Tory rebels to vote against the government on Wednesday – said the government’s handling of Brexit had been “shambolic” as well as she was refusing to give them a “blank cheque”.
however they were accused of political naivety, of increasing the prospect of a “no deal” Brexit as well as of weakening the hands of the UK’s Brexit negotiators by some inside audience. Ms Morgan points out in which the European Parliament will also have a vote. “You are killing the item by committee,” an audience member says.
Others were more supportive as well as said MP should get a vote: “in which’s why we elect people.”
‘We are leaving’
Prof Robert Winston says the rebels had ensured “the sovereignty of the British Parliament” with the vote.
however Labour’s Ms Long-Bailey got an earful through a man who accused the party of betraying the working class by supporting the single market. She replied in which the party wants similar benefits to the single market, without remaining inside item.
Host David Dimbleby asks Professor Robert Winston whether he believes the vote was the beginning of a movement in which may lead to the UK not leaving the EU – as well as notes he does not say “no”. The scientist says “the item could just possibly however I think the item’s very very unlikely.”
Tory rebel Ms Morgan says not: “the item’s going to happen, we are going to leave the European Union,” she tells the audience.
however comedian Geoff Norcott says the item will be “the death of Brexit by 1,000 amendments” as well as Isabel Oakshott claims in which powerful “vested interests” will “stop at nothing” to keep the UK inside EU. She quotes former Labour minister Lord Adonis who tweeted after the vote: “First step towards defeat of Brexit.”
So will be the item a way to “see off” Brexit? No, says Rebecca Long-Bailey – however the item puts pressure on the PM to listen to concerns as well as “deliver the best deal possible”: “Nobody wants to vote against a deal as well as nobody in which I have spoken to… the vast majority don’t want no deal,” she says.
Oh, as well as one different thing. David Dimbleby may be on the next series of Love Island…