Published On: Fri, Sep 27th, 2019

BBC Question Time: Audience turn on panel as they chant ‘rubbish’ to second EU referendum | Politics | News

The shouts and jeers came after the leader of Plaid Cymru, Adam Price, suggested that the only way out of the current impasse was a second referendum. The suggestion from Mr Price came in response to an audience members question: “Isn’t it time the opposition parties admit they will never vote for any deal Boris negotiates?”

The question itself was met by a round of applause.

Fiona Bruce asked the question to Mr Price, given Plaid Cymru’s stance on Brexit, with Mr Price recently pledging to ditch Brexit in a general election.

He said: “We certainly don’t agree with the extreme hard Brexit vision that he so far has set out.”

Ms Bruce cut over Mr Price and warned him to stay on the subject of the question and said: “Yes but can you envisage voting for any deal?”

Mr Price replied: “All we have is a blank piece of paper, we’ll listen to what anyone has to say”.

Ms Bruce again pushed Mr Price, this time urging him to delve into Plaid Cymru’s position on the issue.

Before committing to a comment, he said: “Can I just suggest something?”

The crowd replied “no” as well as James Cleverly sitting next to him, who urged Mr Price to “just say no”.

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Ms Bruce replied: “Oh yes! Lets agree on that, don’t you think?”

Mr Price pushed on: “We’ve got to find a resolution.

“What’s likely to happen is Parliament’s going to go round in circles using various techniques – it’s not going to solve anything.

“We’re still going to be in the same position, we may have an election.

“I can tell you now that election will not solve anything and we’ll be in exactly the same place.

“Now I can understand why the people voted leave don’t agree with this they feel that they’re not being listened to – that’s part of the reason why many people voted to leave.

“But I can tell you now the only way we’re going to resolve this, this Parliament’s not going to do it, we’ve got to take it back to where it begun, we’ve got to take it back to the people.”

Just as Mr Price finished his sentence the crowd erupted, booing and jeering, with many shouting “rubbish”.

The other half of the crowd positively applauded Mr Price, however, highlighting the divide in the audience.

Plaid Cymru are the national party of Wales, founded in 1925 to promote the constitutional advancement of Wales in the face of outsourced political and economic powers to Westminster.

The party currently wants total independence from the UK, with the view to joining the European Union in the event of a successful independence vote – this, however, clashing with the overwhelming majority of Welsh voters opting to leave the EU in the 2016 referendum.

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