Question Time host Fiona Bruce was taken aback on Thursday’s show, after an audience member criticising the lack of foreign workers – which she assumed to be a remainer – was in fact a Brexiteer.
The programme, which featured education secretary Nadhim Zahawi; shadow foreign secretary Lisa Nandy; LBC host Nick Ferrari; National Farmers’ Union president Minette Batters and comedian Rosie Jones, was broadcast from Nottingham.
As Bruce turned to the audience for questions and contributions, one man picked by the presenter decided to blame our withdrawal from the European Union for the current shortages – such as a shortage of HGV drivers.
He said: “I think there’s a bit of an irony here when we’re discussing Brexit because, in my opinion, a lot of people voted for Brexit because they didn’t want foreign workers coming over here taking our jobs, and now that’s exactly the situation that we’ve got.
“We’ve got a lack of foreign workers which is why we’ve got these shortages.”
This comment appeared to frustrate Bruce, however, as she was after comments from Brexiteers, assuming the man’s anti-Brexit comments meant he was against the UK’s decision to leave the bloc in 2016.
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“Can I just hear from someone- ‘Cause I say, the majority of you voted for Brexit in this room, we select this audience very carefully to be representative.
“I’m assuming you didn’t vote for Brexit,” Bruce asked the audience member.
“I did, actually,” he replied.
“You did! Okay, and you’re still saying that, okay,” she said.
The interaction has since been ridiculed by Twitter users online, with many questioning what Bruce meant by a “representative” audience:
The exchange wasn’t the only news to emerge out of Thursday’s programme, as Rosie Jones – who has ataxic cerebral palsy – published a statement to Twitter after the show criticising the ableist abuse she received during the broadcast.