The Question Time episode featured an audience entirely composed of under 30-year-olds and the question was: “Grandma is to blame for Brexit but since when did youth trump experience?”
One audience member said 16-18 year-olds should be given the vote but one passionate Brexiteer hit out against this.
He said: “I completely disagree, I don’t think 16-year-olds should be given the vote, I think you should be 18 as a consenting adult.”
Question Time presenter David Dimbleby asked: “Was Grandma right?”
Brexit news: The Brexiteer made a passionate case on the flagship programme
To which the audience member replied: “I do think Grandma was right, but one thing that annoys is who says all these young people didn’t vote for Brexit?
“All my friends, all under the age of 25 all voted Brexit. All of my community voted Brexit and most people I know voted Brexit.
“It really, really grinds on me when politicians say all the young people didn’t vote for it. We did vote for it and we know what we voted for.
“We voted to leave the Customs Union, we voted to leave the Single Market, we voted to take back control.
“We don’t want a jobs first Brexit, we want people’s first Brexit. That’s what we voted for, we want our democracy back and that should be the basics of it
Brexit news: David Dimbleby said the polls showed more young people voted Remain
“It’s not about jobs, it’s not about the economy, it’s not about living standards, it’s about people, it’s about democracy.”
David Dimbleby said the statistics from the polls that were done show 73 per cent of people under 25 voted to Remain.
But the relentlessly passionate Brexiteer did not relent, adding: “According to what polls? The same polls that said Remain were going to win and the same polls that said The Conservatives were going to win a majority in the last General Election?”
Mr Dimbleby replied: “No, but they were done afterwards, asking people how they voted.
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“But you know, you may be right.”
The Brexiteer replied: “I’m just sick of hearing people say young people didn’t vote for Brexit.
“Most of my friends, most of the north, everybody was voting for Brexit. I struggled to find anyone who lived near me who voted Remain.”
But Labour’s Shami Chakrabarti disagreed with the Brexiteer’s verdict.
She said she respected his decision to vote to leave the European Union but we “cannot have a people’s first Brexit”.
Brexit news: Ms Chakrabarti said she believed in Parliamentary democracy
Lady Chakrabarti added: “You can’t have a ‘people’s first Brexit’, as you call it if you are not looking out for jobs and human rights standards.
“And on the question of whether truth trumps experience, younger people are going to live with whatever deal we get, or don’t get, for a lot longer time than I am going to have to live with.
“I passionately believe in votes at 16. At 16 you can join the military, you can get married, you can pay tax – what happened to no taxation without representation.
“We need to start bringing the generations, and the regions of the country together.”
David Dimbleby pressed Lady Chakrabarti and said many Labour members would like to see another referendum and whether she would like to see that.
The Labour peeress replied: “We can keep having referendums as long as we want, I happen to believe in Parliamentary democracy.”