‘Dud’s Army!’ - ERG’s panel of ‘old white men’ had combined age of 458

PUBLISHED: 12:38 22 November 2018 | UPDATED: 12:59 22 November 2018

Jacob Rees-Mogg speaks at a panel on Brexit organised by the European Research Group (Photograph: John Stillwell)

Jacob Rees-Mogg speaks at a panel on Brexit organised by the European Research Group (Photograph: John Stillwell)

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Radio broadcaster and Brexiteer Nick Ferrari has ridiculed the ERG as “Dud’s Army” - in front of former Brexit secretary David Davis.

Davis hosted a “Global Britain” event alongside European Research Group chairman Jacob Rees-Mogg and former deputy leader of the Conservative party Peter Lilley.

The panel of seven - all old white men - had a combined age of 458.

It prompted Brexiteer and LBC radio host Nick Ferrari to confront Davis about the event, with Ferrari calling it a presentation from “Dud’s Army”.

He said: “If you accept that it’s young people who find this a little frustrating, I’ve added the ages up of your little panel. 458 is the cumulative age of the seven men.

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“You’re seeking to persuade young people who are frightened about their future, seven slightly-over-middle-aged men lecturing this country - and you’re one of them. What the hell possessed you to do that?”

Davis defended the panel saying that “there’s quite a lot of old white men around the place.”

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His explanation did not convince Ferrari who said it was “everything that people who seek to remain hate about the Brexit team”.

The former Brexit secretary however said he would not apologise for having experience.

He said: “I’ve had quite a lot of years of my life, trading across borders, whether it’s across the European borders with Tate and Lyle or across the Canadian borders when I worked for Redpath Labatt, so I know a bit about it.”

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His comments came just a few days after Davis was accused of being either “deluded” or “just plain stupid” for misunderstanding the Brexit process.

Echoing Ferrari’s remarks Bella Frimpong from the For our Future’s Sake movement said the ERG “are not representative of the wider British public in any way”.

She said: “When the Leave Means Leave group was launched several months ago, two of its 46 stated supporters were women - shortly after that, one of those two women left the group.

“I am proud that the People’s Vote campaign presents a stark contrast to this; championing a range of diverse young people from differing backgrounds across the UK, transcending race, class and gender.”

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