A millennial Remainer was given a lesson on “sovereignty” by arch-Brexiteer, journalist and author Isabel Oakeshott.
It came when he defended Conservative MP for Loughborough Nicky Morgan for voting to pass amendment seven on the EU Withdrawal Bill which allows MP’s a “meaningful vote” on the Brexit deal.
The young audience member from Barnsley said: “I really couldn’t agree more with Nicky and Robert.
“I mean, all the way through the Leave campaign they shouted and yelled about sovereignty for the UK Parliament and when Nicky bravely votes for that she suddenly gets attacked – it doesn’t make any sense.
But journalist and author Isabel Oakeshott said: “Can I just pick you up on that, because where exactly was Nicky when sovereignty was ceded to Brussels over decades?
“I didn’t see Nicky manning the barricades in favour of sovereignty. And I want to make another point which is about trust here. We’ve got a real issue with trust in our MP’s to carry out the will of the people.
“Take Barnsley as an example, 68 per cent of people in Barnsley voted to leave. Unfortunately, 73 per cent of our MPs are Remainers.
“And that is now being played out in the Houses of Parliament in a way that erodes trust in the execution of the will of the people and I think that is a real problem.”
The amendment on the Withdrawal Bill was passed on Wednesday 309 to 305 in favour.
This has dashed Mrs May’s plans for a take-it-or-leave-it final Brexit vote, with MPs now able to suggest new terms of Britain’s EU exit.
This will slow down the Brexit process and comes ahead of tomorrow’s key EU Summit – where the go-ahead was due to be given to talks progressing to trade.
Several rebel MPs from Mrs May’s Tory party helped push through the amendment, helped by all opposition parties.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn mocked Theresa May after the result, staying the defeat was “humiliating”.
Mr Corbyn said: “This defeat is a humiliating loss of authority for the government on the eve of the European Council meeting.
“Labour has made the case since the referendum for a meaningful vote in parliament on the terms of Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union.
“Theresa May has resisted democratic accountability. Her refusal to listen means she will now have to accept parliament taking back control.”
Even hard-line Brexiteers including Jacob Rees-Mogg warned the Government the controversial Clause 9, which has now been overruled, went too far.
The so-called Henry VIII powers were defended by Government ministers during an afternoon-long debate in the House of Commons today.
But their pleas for support has fallen on deaf ears with Mrs May now facing a scramble to agree a final exit deal with the EU.
Conservative former attorney general Dominic Grieve led the rebellion via his amendment seven, which would require any Brexit deal to be approved by a separate act of Parliament before it could be implemented.
He warned ministers they had “run out of road” and drew upon Winston Churchill’s spirit as he said he intended to put “country before his party”.