‘You’ve just made the case for a People’s Vote’ - Farage left stumped by Lord Adonis

PUBLISHED: 11:34 21 October 2018 | UPDATED: 12:01 21 October 2018

Nigel Farage debates with Andrew Adonis on LBC Radio

Nigel Farage debates with Andrew Adonis on LBC Radio

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Nigel Farage was left making his own case for the People’s Vote after he debated it with Labour peer Andrew Adonis.

The pair were discussing a People’s Vote and the campaigners’ march through London which around 700,000 people attended.

According to Farage the event was “a good show” but he put this down to being “well-funded” by the likes of George Soros.

Farage, however, said that the campaign was a “waste of time” because there was just a matter of months before the UK is due to leave the EU.

Talking hypothetically with The New European’s Andrew Adonis he said “if you succeeded in getting a referendum on Mrs May’s deal or remaining, I couldn’t vote. 17.4 million of us wouldn’t be able to vote - I’d feel disenfranchised.”

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So Adonis probed Farage asking what he would like to see on the ballot paper that would make him vote.

“I don’t want another ballot paper!” he insisted before asking “if you want a second referendum why would you not give me the option of leaving?” “Mrs May’s Chequers plan does give you the option of leaving the European Union,” Adonis replied.

“But we’d still be in the single market,” Farage continued.

But Adonis continued to make his point, highlighting the fact there were two Leave campaigns all saying different things about what would happen.

“The truth is that there was not an actual proposition for leave on the ballot paper. You’ve just said that staying in the customs union and single market doesn’t involve leaving.”

“Theresa May is negotiating a plan that would see us leaving the European Union. You’ve just told us on this programme that this does not constitute leaving.

He continued: “I think you’ve just made the case for a referendum because you can’t agree among yourselves what leaving actually means, so if you can’t agree then the people should have a say.”

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Realising he had been outmaneuvered in the argument Farage said he was moving to take telephone calls from the public, which he said was “far more important”.

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