Brexiteer advocating World Trade Organisation rules cannot name one rule

PUBLISHED: 09:47 28 January 2019 | UPDATED: 14:48 28 January 2019

Femi Oluwule debates with a Brexiteer on WTO rules. Photograph: Femi Oluwule/Twitter.

Femi Oluwule debates with a Brexiteer on WTO rules. Photograph: Femi Oluwule/Twitter.

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A Brexiteer that has been advocating Britain leaving the European Union on World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules was unable to name one rule.

The Brexiteer, who came to debate Our Future Our Choice at their battle bus event in York, was trying to argue why a People’s Vote would be “undemocratic”.

In debate with Femi Oluwole, who posted the video to Twitter, the Brexiteer claimed: “WTO rules are better than what we have at the moment.”

So Oluwole asked the Brexiteer to name one.

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The Brexiteer chose to ignore the question. He continued: “But 80% of the country [sic] trades under WTO rules.

The People’s Vote campaign continued to press him to little joy. “I’m asking you to name one WTO rule”.

“And at the end of the day... we’re democratic,” he maintained.

Oluwole said: “This is really important. If you say we should leave on WTO rules and WTO rules are better, please name one WTO rule.”

The Brexiteer took a leaf out of the politicians’ rule book by responding with generic lines on Brexit.

“17.4 million people voted to Leave and you’re not being democratic if you’re wanting to change it.”

The OFOC spokesman would not let it drop, as he responded: “If you think we should move on to a different system, you’ve got to at least tell me one element of that system.”

“We get rid of all the bureaucracy, all the... everything... start afresh. March 29th. Get out!” he continued.

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