Brexiteer arguing in support of PM's deal admits it's not what people wanted

PUBLISHED: 13:56 26 March 2019 | UPDATED: 14:10 26 March 2019

Femi Oluwole has his head in his hands as he debates Brexit. Photograph: Sky News.

Femi Oluwole has his head in his hands as he debates Brexit. Photograph: Sky News.


A former Vote Leave campaigner was left owned by Remain campaigner Femi Oluwole after the Brexiteer arguing in support of Theresa May's deal admitted it was not what people wanted in 2016.

Hugh Bennett was in debate on Sky News with Our Future Our Choice’s Femi Oluwole about Theresa May’s Brexit deal after she postponed the third attempt to get through the House of Commons.

But while Bennett was arguing that the deal was a “compromise” which “respects the referendum result” he was momentarily left flummoxed when Oluwole pointed out that the Brexiteer had made the Remain case when he was said that it was not what Brexiteers wanted.

Bennett said: “It respects the referendum vote, it gets outside the European Union, it gives us the opportunity to give us the next three years to redefine a better relationship with the European Union. There won’t be a dramatic rupture or anything.

“I think that is probably the compromise that fits the referendum result, which fits the situation we are in, it’s not what anyone would have wanted two years ago but it’s better than remaining.”

An amused Oluwole chuckled as he responded that “that’s the point!” to the Brexiteer.

But all Bennett could say was that Femi wanted “to remain from day one”, before adding: “You wouldn’t have been happy with any deal.”

Oluwole continued: “But that’s the point, you have just said that this is not what anyone would’ve wanted two years ago, that’s the point.”

Bennett turned his criticisms to “soft Brexit advocates”, who he claims were “getting everything they wanted.”

But summing up anti-Brexit campaigner Oluwole had this to say.

“Right now parliament is looking at a deal that both halves of its electorate do not want. A deal that means we have less sovereignty, or leaving with no deal which is not what was always promised in 2016. In fact Dominic Raab said it would be ‘scaremongering’ to say we would be leaving with no deal in 2016.

“The only logical thing is what people can do is ask the people if it was really what they voted for. And you yourself just said this is what nobody would have wanted two years ago.”

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