BBC Question Time host Fiona Bruce was stunned after she asked the audience to raise their hands if they were in favour of another Brexit vote. A number of audience members sharply raised their hands promoting the host to say: “Oh my gosh”. She said: “You have all been sitting on your hands”.
This week’s BBC Question Time was held in London which generally voted to Remain in the European Union in the EU referendum.
The comment from the host followed an audience member insisting the UK could not have another say on leaving the EU.
The BBC Question Time audience member said: “Why would people trust a second referendum when the result of the first one was honoured?”
On Thursday MPs voted against an amendment which called for the final Brexit deal to go back to the British people for another say.
The attempt tabled by the Independent Group to secure a second referendum on Brexit was rejected by 334 votes to 85.
And MPs voted, by the far narrower margin of 314-312, to reject a cross-party bid for Parliament to seize control of the Brexit process.
But, a motion in Mrs May’s name, authorising the Prime Minister to request an extension to the two-year Article 50 negotiation process, was passed by 413 votes to 202 – a majority of 211.
The EU27 have to unanimously agree to the extension and senior EU leaders have demanded a clear vision from Britain if they accept a delay to Brexit.
Mrs May hopes to bring her withdrawal agreement back to the Commons by March 20 in the hope of securing the support of MPs who rejected it by 230 votes in January and 149 earlier this week.
If the deal passes, she will go to Brussels next Thursday to request a short delay to a date no later than June 30, to give herself time to pass legislative changes necessary for a smooth and orderly Brexit.
But, if her deal is rejected, Mrs May has said there would have to be an extension far longer and would involve the UK taking part in European Parliament elections in May.
Cabinet Office minister David Lidington told MPs that in this case, the Government would stage two weeks of debate following the March 21-22 summit for the Commons to try to establish a majority around a different plan.
Mrs May’s official spokesman said: “The Prime Minister absolutely wanted and strived for the UK to be leaving the EU on March 29. Everything she had done since she entered office was intended to deliver that.
“She didn’t want there to be an extension and brought forward the Withdrawal Agreement twice. Parliament chose to reject that deal and we now have to confront the difficult position that decisions taken by Parliament have left us in.
“What we now intend to do if at all possible is to secure a deal which allows us to ask only for a short technical extension which would allow us to have left the EU by June 30.”