Caller says he voted for Brexit because of three-pin plugs

PUBLISHED: 11:03 18 December 2018 | UPDATED: 11:17 18 December 2018

James O'Brien on his LBC radio programme. Photograph: LBC/Global.

James O'Brien on his LBC radio programme. Photograph: LBC/Global.


A caller to James O'Brien's radio show has claimed he voted for Leave so that he can continue to use three-pin plugs in the UK.

Robert from Rochester called the LBC radio phone-in programme to give his verdict on a second referendum.

However when it came to asking why the caller was so incensed on ensuring the UK leaves the European Union, he was struggling to explain the benefits.

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“I won a slap in the government’s face...” he said, before O’Brien pointed out that government had now gone.

The caller continued: “I won a vote to Leave the EU.”

As he continued to bluster, the only tangible benefit he could name was that we would be able to continue to use three-pin plugs.

“One of the ones for me is the plug system... we obviously use the three-pin in this country. The EU don’t,” Robert told O’Brien.

“So basically it means our safety aspects are a lot stronger than the generalisation of the EU.”

A baffled O’Brien pointed out we are still in the EU already - and we still have three-pin plugs.

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“So you think we have to leave the EU to get three-pin plugs? What can we do now with plugs that we can’t do as members – what did you win?”

“Compliancy to British law,” Robert responds. “So when you bring something into this country, it has to comply to the UK.”

“That what happens already – that’s why we’ve got three-pinned plugs!” said the exasperated presenter.

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Concluding the call, O’Brien told Robert: “You’ve come live on national radio. You’ve described yourself as a Brexiteer, you’re getting told off by your mum in the background, and when I’ve asked you what you think you’ve won, you said the right to three-pin plugs that we already have.”

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