Jo Swinson has taken to the BBC Question Time stage to face audience questions about the Liberal Democrats’ campaign in the 2019 general election. But why did Brexiteers cheer as a Remainer blasted the leading Remain party leader?
Whilst responding to a question about her decision to unilaterally choose to Remain in the European Union.
An audience member said: “You are not saying we will go back to the people, you are unilaterally saying ‘Revoke it.’
” It’s undemocratic from somebody who wishes the last three and a half years had never happened.
“That is the quintessential difference between the pair of us.”
Election TV debate: Why did a Remainer blast Jo Swinson in tonight’s debate?(Image: BBC)
Jo Swinson: The Liberal Democrats released its manifesto this week(Image: BBC)
Jo Swinson replied: “So I suspect you want a people’s vote?”
The audience member responded that she believed it was the only way to ensure democracy, taking into account strong Brexiteers and strong Remainers thoughts.
Ms Swinson responded: “We have been leading the fight for a people’s vote for three and a half years.
“Seventeen times in Parliament we put down motions to have a people’s vote.
” If Jeremy Corbyn and the Labor Party had backed that with sincerity, we might be having a people’s vote right now instead of geneal election.
“But we are in a general election and this is the essence of democracy a nd I am here standing in front of you telling you what I would do if I was elected as prime minister.
“I will revoke Article 50 and if you vote me into that position, I will do what I’ve said I will. “
Jo Swinson: Jo Swinson was elected as the party leader earlier this year(Image: BBC)
The Liberal Democrat Party published its manifesto this week.
The underlying message of the party is to “Stop Brexit”.
The Liberal Democrats pledge to revoke Article 50 immediately and stop Britain leaving the EU
Ms Swinson’s pledge stands out from Labor as Jeremy Corbyn’s party would offer another vote and the Conservatives are promisi ng to leave by January 31.
When asked if she believed she could unite the country divided by Brexit, she responded that it was not an easy question to answer.
She told the BBC Question Time audience “things are too tough, the economy doesn’t work for people” but insisted “they will be made worse by Brexit”.
She added: “We are going to be poorer, it will be worse.”
) The Lib Dem leader argued remaining would give the UK more money to spend addressing those issues.
Election TV debate: Jo Swinson was reprimanded for broken promises from the Lib Dem coalition(Image: BBC)
The Liberal Democrats leader struggled as she attempted to communicate her message.
One social media tweet ed: “Jo Swinson is the new Theresa May! Robotic when attempting any emotion, other than raw hatred. Out of her depth & offering only soundbites & smears. Her principles are flexible in her quest for power & she is sooo transparent. Please keep putting her in front of a camera! “
Another person wrote:” Absolute stinker of a night for Jo Swinson and Boris Johnson on @bbcquestiontime – having to defend the indefensible. Swinson’s appalling record of austerity cuts and pushing people into poverty Johnson’s racist & homophobic comments, and damaging Tory Brexit plans #BBCQT #GE 19 “.
One person tweeted: “Jo Swinson’s facade was utterly annihilated in front of millions of people after finally facing some actual scrutiny. Shove that car crash up your skills wallet. #RIPJoSwinson “.
Ahead of the BBC Question Time debate on Friday, the most recent Westminister voting intention poll ahead of the TV debate revealed the Liberal Democrats were in third place with 14 percent of the vote.
The performance of each party was as follows: