Remainer Femi accused of wanting to ‘fix’ Brexit result in extremely tense Sky debate
Femi Oluwole, of Our Future Our Choice, clashed with Spiked Online’s Tom Slater during a heated debate over Britain’s departure from the bloc. During the Sky News debate, Mr Oluwole suggested it would be “undemocratic” for the Prime Minister to pull the UK out of the EU without a deal. The comment prompted a swift repose from Mr Slater, who accused the anti-Brexit activist of wanting to “fix” a second referendum “in some form of Remain”.
Mr Slater said: “Most Brexiteers I talk to did want a deal, but still, they recognise, what they really wanted to do was to leave the European Union.
“If that meant leaving without a deal, it was something they were willing to countenance.”
He added: “I would take the argument from Femi that the only democratic thing is to go back to the people.
“If I hadn’t heard him make the argument many times, in any referendum, that no deal should be ‘left off of that ballot paper because it would be irresponsible’.
Plenty of people like Femi want to fix it basically in some form of Remain
“Despite the fact it’s something that is backed in one survey by a plurality of people.
“I question the argument ‘a second referendum could be anyway antidemocratic’ because plenty of people like Femi want to fix it basically in some form of Remain.”
Mr Oluwole quickly replied: “Let’s be really clear. It is ridiculous the argument you are making.
“In 2017, 54 percent voted for parties whose manifesto’s explicitly ruled out no deal. It is ironic you are suggesting we go with the polls, rather than the result of a general election.
“The supreme vehicle for democracy in our country is a general election, it is the only opportunity to give an instruction to Parliament.
“Going on polls, is irrelevant, the instruction to Parliament is do not take us out for the EU without a deal.”
During the segment, Mr Oluwole also claimed Mr Johnson had the diplomacy skills of a “drunk and angry clown” as the Prime Minister met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
He said: “He has no business governing world affairs.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has repeatedly said the UK will leave the European Union with or without a deal by the end of October this year.
Mr Johnson traveled to Berlin on Wednesday afternoon to meet with the German Chancellor, in a bid to break the Brexit deadlock.
The Prime Minister has repeatedly demanded changes to withdrawal agreement, with the ejection of the controversial backstop mechanism, before the UK returns to discussions with the Brussels bloc.
But, so far the EU has refused to budge and said the withdrawal agreement is not up for renegotiation, pushing the UK towards a no deal exit from the bloc at the end of October this year.
Speaking at a joint press conference after greeting, the Prime Minister said: “I just want to be absolutely clear. With all our German friends and with the German Government. We, in the UK, want a deal. We seek a deal. I believe we can get one, we can do it. Wir schaffen das, I think is the phrase.”
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He continued: “Clearly, we cannot accept the current withdrawal agreement. Arrangements that either divide the UK, or lock us into the regulatory and trading arrangements or the EU the legal order of the EU without the UK having any say on those matters.
“We do need that backstop removed. But, if we can do that, I am absolutely certain we can move forward together. I want to make one crucial point, which is, we in the UK are absolutely dedicated to the protection of the rights of the 3.2million EU nationals in our country who do so much, who contribute so much, and of course, our German friends.”
During the press conference, Mrs Merkel said the backstop has always been a “fallback position” and would only come into effect if no other solution could be agreed that would protect the “integrity of the single market”.
She added: “If one is able to solve this conundrum, if one finds this solution, we said we would probably find it in the next two years to come but we can also maybe find it in the next 30 days to come.
“Then we are one step further in the right direction and we have to obviously put our all into this.”
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