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Remainer misery: How whinging panelist sparked BBC meltdown with ‘illegal Brexit’ claim

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The UK will offer to hold an emergency round of talks next week as it attempts to avoid blame and secure a free trade agreement with the EU, according to reports. Talks between the UK’s chief Brexit negotiator David Frost, and the EU’s Michel Barnier ended today without a break in the current impasse. The Daily Telegraph reported on Wednesday that Britain is close to abandoning any hope of a Brexit deal.

Britain is now working on the assumption that it will trade with the EU on World Trade Organisation (WTO) terms, the publication said.

Yet, a Downing Street spokesperson was keen to lift spirits, and said the talks were not yet at “breakdown level”.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson had initially set a deadline of the end of July for an outline to be reached.

No such thing has been achieved.

Mr Frost is thought to be ready to enter one-to-one talks with Mr Barnier next week in order to meet the strict target.

The main areas that the two powers remain stalled on are fishing rights, so-called level playing field guarantees, governance of the deal, and the role of the European Court of Justice.

Despite the current deadlock, Brexit has come miles since the 2016 referendum.

For a time, many believed that the historic vote may never come to fruition.

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Bizarre claims began to sprout on either side of the voting populace following the historic vote four years ago.

Many of the far-out ideas were floated on the BBC’s Question Time, with an open audience often throwing a spanner into the works of the show’s guests.

In 2018, one such unconventional idea was suggested – that the word “Brexit” be made illegal.

The proposal came from Irish politician Mairead McGuinness.

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It came after then Question Time host, David Dimbleby asked Ms McGuinness, who is the Vice President of the European Parliament, whether she thought there were any words that should be criminalised.

She joked that, given how often the word “Brexit” is used on Question Time, then it might be worth making it criminal while broadcasting. it should be made a criminal word during Question Time.

Fellow panel guest, Conservative MP Kwasi Kwarteng joined in on the joke and said: “All roads lead to Brexit.”

The discussion was started by a question from the audience regarding footage from the time of a group of men burning an effigy of Grenfell Tower – the men were eventually found and arrested on a public order offence.

Brexit eventually took place on January 31, 2020 – nearly four years after the vote.

The UK’s only current ties to the EU are through the transition period.

From now until December 31, the UK is required to fulfil its economic pledges to Brussels.

Until then, many things will remain the same.

Despite this, the UK no longer has a say in the European Parliament and European Commission.

This means it will continue to follow EU rules until the end of the year, though without any influence on them.

Going into 2021, changes concerning trade and travel among other things will come into effect.

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