Question Time audience member rants he is ‘sick and tired’ of Brexit row

‘You’ve had three years and done nothing’: Question Time viewers hail audience member who speaks for the nation on Brexit after he tells MPs he is ‘sick and tired’ of them ‘arguing like kids’ (and asks if he can sue David Cameron for mental distress)

  • Charlie delivered an extraordinary rant at politicians over Brexit during Question Time on the BBC last night
  • Scotsman said he was ‘sick and tired’ of MPs ‘arguing like little kids’ and getting ‘nothing done’ for three years
  • Do you know Charlie? Contact MailOnline at richard.spillett@mailonline.co.uk or call 0203 615 2526

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A Question Time audience member has won praise for an extraordinary rant at politicians over Brexit – accusing them of ‘arguing like little kids’.

The man, named as Charlie Neil, asked on the flagship BBC show whether he could sue David Cameron for for causing ‘mental distress’ by sparking the debacle.

And asked how he thought the former Prime Minister would be viewed in the future, the Scotsman replied: ‘I don’t care, to tell you the truth.’ 

When host Fiona Bruce joked that he should ‘tell us what you really think’, Charlie obliged with an excoriating verdict on the state of British politics.

‘The whole thing’s a nightmare. I’m just sick and tired,’ he said. ‘You’ve had three years and three months and you’ve done nothing but argue among yourselves like little kids.  

‘You’ve got no respect for each other and you’ve got no respect for the British people. Just.. oh.. pfft.. go away.’

The intervention sparked rapturous applause on the show, red faces among the panel of politicians, and a wave of support on social media. One user responded: ‘I think Charlie speaks for us all.’

Charlie asked on the BBC show whether he could sue David Cameron for for causing 'mental distress' by sparking the debacle

Charlie asked on the BBC show whether he could sue David Cameron for for causing ‘mental distress’ by sparking the debacle

When host Fiona Bruce joked that he should 'tell us what you really think', Charlie proceeded to oblige with an excoriating verdict on the state of British politics

When host Fiona Bruce joked that he should ‘tell us what you really think’, Charlie proceeded to oblige with an excoriating verdict on the state of British politics

Another viewer said: ‘Charlie is pretty much our spirit animal right now.’

The brutal assessment came after weeks of extraordinary wrangling at Westminster as MPs clashed over the agonising Brexit issue.

There were outlandish protests in the Commons chamber after Boris Johnson prorogued Parliament in the early hours of Tuesday morning – with some MPs draping themselves across the lap of the Speaker in a symbolic bid to stop the House being suspended.

MPs were effectively banished by the PM until October 14 after they passed a law effectively banning No Deal at the end of October.

They also twice refused Mr Johnson plea to trigger an early general election so he could try for a new mandate. 

Meanwhile, hopes of a breakthrough in negotiations still seem remote.

Scores of viewers who agreed with Charlie's comments went on social media to say that he 'spoke for the nation'

Scores of viewers who agreed with Charlie's comments went on social media to say that he 'spoke for the nation'

Scores of viewers who agreed with Charlie’s comments went on social media to say that he ‘spoke for the nation’

Rumours have been swirling that Mr Johnson is preparing a new version of the ‘insurance policy’ for the Irish border.

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Aides have been examining proposals for arrangements that would apply only to Northern Ireland, rather than aligning the whole UK with EU market rules. 

However, DUP leader Arlene Foster has moved to quash the speculation, saying the ‘UK must leave as one nation’.

‘We are keen to see a sensible deal but not one that divides the internal market of the UK,’ she said.

The latest manoeuvring came as the PM takes his ‘shadow’ election campaign on the road to Yorkshire – where he will vow to fire up the ‘Northern Powerhouse’ economic project. 

The bickering over the way forward continues today after John Bercow delivered an extraordinary warning to Mr Johnson over Brexit last night, telling him not to disobey the new anti-No Deal law.

The intervention sparked rapturous applause on the BBC's flagship show last night

The intervention sparked rapturous applause on the BBC’s flagship show last night  

The outgoing Commons Speaker suggested that breaking the law just passed by MPs would be like robbing a bank.

And he warned that Britain would not leave the EU without Parliament’s approval, threatening extra ‘procedural creativity’ at Westminster if necessary to thwart any attempt Mr Bercow also called for Britain to have a written constitution to prevent the Government ‘perverting’ the law.

But his comments angered Tory MPs. Brexiteer Michael Fabricant said: ‘If Bercow thinks he can break the rules in order to thwart the will of the people in the referendum, I say, “Boris, do whatever you need to do to be the people’s PM.”‘ 

His colleague James Duddridge added: ‘I welcome him resigning. Even if he exceeded his nine-year election pledge.’ On Monday, Mr Bercow announced that he would step down on October 31 – even if no Brexit deal had been agreed. Opposition MPs paid tribute to him for 90 minutes, while Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn shook his hand.

It came after the Tories said they would put up a rival Tory candidate in his Buckingham seat at the next election. By convention, parties do not stand candidates against the speaker.

Mr Bercow originally said that he would serve a nine-year term, but changed his mind after the 2017 snap election and vowed to stay on to see Brexit through.

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DUP DENIES claims it is ready to accept watered-down Irish border backstop to get Brexit deal as Boris Johnson ramps up ‘shadow’ election campaign on visit to Yorkshire

The DUP today dismissed claims it is ready to accept a watered down backstop to get a Brexit deal. 

Rumours have been swirling that Boris Johnson is preparing a new version of the ‘insurance policy’ for the Irish border.

Aides have been examining proposals for arrangements that would apply only to Northern Ireland, rather than aligning the whole UK with EU market rules. 

However, DUP leader Arlene Foster has moved to quash the speculation, saying the ‘UK must leave as one nation’.

‘We are keen to see a sensible deal but not one that divides the internal market of the UK,’ she said.

The latest manoeuvring came as the PM takes his ‘shadow’ election campaign on the road to Yorkshire – where he will vow to fire up the ‘Northern Powerhouse’ economic project. 

Rumours have been swirling that Boris Johnson (pictured in London yesterday) is preparing a new version of the 'insurance policy' for the Irish border

Rumours have been swirling that Boris Johnson (pictured in London yesterday) is preparing a new version of the ‘insurance policy’ for the Irish border

DUP leader Arlene Foster (pictured at No10 with deputy Nigel Dodds earlier this week) has moved to quash the speculation, saying the 'UK must leave as one nation

DUP leader Arlene Foster (pictured at No10 with deputy Nigel Dodds earlier this week) has moved to quash the speculation, saying the ‘UK must leave as one nation

What happens next in the Brexit crisis? 

Here is how the coming weeks could pan out: 

September 14-17: Lib Dem conference takes place in Bournemouth 

September 17: Supreme Court hears case on whether prorogation of Parliament was illegal. 

September 21-25: Labour conference in Brighton 

September 29-October 2: Tory conference takes place in Manchester, with Mr Johnson giving his first keynote speech as leader on the final day. This will be a crucial waypointer on how Brexit talks are going.

October 14: Unless it has already been recalled following the court battle, Parliament is due to return with the Queen’s Speech – the day before Mr Johnson had hoped to hold a snap election.

October 17-18: A crunch EU summit in Brussels, where Mr Johnson has vowed he will try to get a Brexit deal despite Remainers ‘wrecking’ his negotiating position. 

October 19: If there is no Brexit deal by this date Remainer legislation obliges the PM to beg the EU for an extension to avoid No Deal.

October 21: Decisive votes on the Queen’s Speech, which could pave the way for a confidence vote. 

October 31: The current deadline for the UK to leave the EU. 

November/December: An election looks inevitable, but Labour is hinting it might push the date back towards Christmas to humiliate the PM. 

But most of the focus is on his increasingly frantic efforts to find a way through the Brexit impasse, as he faces breaking his ‘do or die’ promise to get the UK out of the EU by October 31.

Mr Johnson previously stated that he was seeking a ‘backstop-ectomy’, to remove the controversial provision from the Withdrawal Agreement altogether.

However, the task for the PM was made tougher after Parliament passed a law effectively banning No Deal at the end of October, and refused his call to trigger an early general election.

The latest blueprint being floated would not be the same as the previous Northern Ireland-only backstop floated by Brussels, which was dismissed by Theresa May as something no British PM could accept. 

That would have involved the province staying within the EU’s tax jurisdiction.

Instead, the idea is thought to be a much looser alignment of agricultural and food regulations with Ireland.

Mr Johnson insisted he is ‘very hopeful’ of a Brexit deal yesterday, saying the ‘landing space’ for an agreement was becoming clear. 

However, the EU’s chief negotiator swiped that he is still waiting for ‘concrete, legally operational’ ideas from the UK.

And one of his advisers warned there was ‘no reason for optimism’. 

Downing Street sources played down the tough line from the EU side, branding it a ‘negotiating tactic’. 

As well as Mrs Foster, DUP Brexit spokesman Sammy Wilson today gave a sharp response to claims the party is about to make a cilmbdown.

‘We will not accept a NI only backstop… It won’t be a backstop by any other name either,’ he told BBC Radio Ulster. 

‘We will not be accepting separate arrangements that cut us off from UK. 

‘The only different arrangements that we will accept for Northern Ireland are those where the Assembly has total scrutiny of any EU legislation, decides it’s in the interests of Northern Ireland, and doesn’t damage our relationship with the UK.

‘In those situations we will consider adopting appropriate legislation if we believe it is to the advantage of industry in Northern Ireland.’

 

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