talkRADIO descended into a fierce clash as Brexiteer Richard Taylor clashed with journalist Mike Buckley who claimed “pretty much everyone under-45″ wants to be in the EU before insisting a second vote should be granted if Britain is the democracy it claims to be.
Mr Buckley slammed: “Brexit is going to stay with us and hobble our economy, unless we undo it, for the rest of our lives.
But Brexiteer mr Taylor slammed back demanding “how can you undo Brexit” as the discussion descended into a furious row.
He added: “Are you going to ignore 17.4 million people? You can’t ignore the people who voted!”
Mr Buckley hit back: “I’m not ignoring them! It was five years ago!
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“We have General Elections eery five years because people are allowed to change their minds because we live in a democracy.
“If we as a democracy decide we don’t want to do it anymore, we don’t have to do it anymore just because we had a vote five years ago!”
Mr Buckley stressed how Britons should be given another vote and if they ”still want” Brxit they can vote for it again.
He went on to stress how such a vote is not likely to happen “anytime soon” but was adamant that a second vote will ”inevitably happen” in the future.
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The argument comes off the back of recent statistics from the Office for Budget Responsibility which claimed the impact of Brexit on the UK economy will be worse in the long run compared to the coronavirus pandemic.
Richard Hughes, Chairman of the Office, said leaving the EU would reduce the UK’s potential GDP by about 4 percent in the long term. He said forecasts showed the pandemic would reduce GDP “by a further 2 percent”.
The UK voted to leave the European Union on June 23, 2016. The leave vote won with a majority of 51.9 percent, the remain achieved 48.1 percent of the vote – Turnout for the referendum was just under 72 percent.
The timetable was set the following year on March 29, when the then British Prime Minister Theresa May took the formal step to start the exit process. This was done by triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. The UK finally left the EU on January 1, 2021 after 47 years of membership.