Politics

‘Why are you NOT depressed?’ BBC radio host bluntly challenges pro-Brexit callers

Brexit: Radio host asks caller if she ‘feels depressed’

With Brexit negotiations continuing amid widespread expectation an agreement is imminent, BBC Radio 5 Live host Clare McDonnell took calls on Thursday morning to gauge reactions from business owners across the country. The BBC host was caught by listeners failing to challenge Remainers over pro-Brexit callers. Andrew, one of the anti-Brexit callers, told the BBC host he was “depressed” at the idea the UK was leaving the EU. 

He said: “I’m pretty depressed about it but I think surely something will get sorted out.

“But I spent the last 20 years of my career building my business exporting to these markets and suddenly it just gets taken away for no reason relevant to what I’m doing.”

The BBC host replied: “Andrew, I want to say Happy Christmas Eve regardless of all of that and I hope that for yours and your business’ sake and other people in your industry who are listening, some resolution is reached and it will be sorted out.”

But moving on to her next caller, she added: “Oh dear, he says he feels quite depressed.

“Let’s talk to Annette. Morning to you Annette, from Cheshire.

We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights.

“Are you feeling depressed on this potential Brexit day?”

Annette replied: “No I feel quite happy actually.”

Seemingly stunned and sounding almost disappointed by the answer, Ms McDonnell said: “Why? What do you do Annette?”

“I’m a lorry driver,” replied the caller. 

“I believe hopefully this deal will come up, we don’t know exactly what is going to happen.”

Brexit: Details of deal set to be announced on Christmas Eve

Listeners were quick to criticise the host on Twitter.

One wrote: “BBC Radio 5 letting anti Brexit callers say whatever they want. But challenging any pro Brexit callers.”

And another: “Radio5 are doing their best to run down the deal.”

Another one echoed: “They are still at it. ‘It’s a free trade deal but with some friction…’

“They don’t seem to understand we have left.”

DON’T MISS:

Britain and EU forced to wait before clinching historic trade deal [INSIGHT]
Brexit: Boris Johnson ‘is toast’ as deal with EU slammed [ANALYSIS]
David Davis warns EU Brexit punishment only around the corner [VIDEO]

Talks in Brussels were focused on the details of fishing rights but both sides have indicated a Christmas Eve deal will be announced, bringing an end to months of wrangling just a week before current trading arrangements expire.

Boris Johnson has been in close contact with European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen in recent days as top-level efforts intensified to get a deal over the line.

The pair were expected to use a call on Christmas Eve to agree the deal.

The EU and Downing Street were poised to announce a deal on Wednesday night but that slipped as last-minute wrangling continued.

Negotiations continued through the night, fuelled by a late delivery of pizzas.

On Thursday morning a UK source said “they’re still going on fish” – the issue which has been one of the major stumbling blocks in the path to a deal.

Source: Read Full Article