‘Brexit was a vote for belonging’

To mark Brexit Day, Gisela Stuart joins Brendan O’Neill to discuss democracy, community and the future of the UK.

Topics Brexit Politics UK

Gisela Stuart, former Labour MP and former chair of the official Leave campaign, joins spiked’s editor for the latest episode of The Brendan O’Neill Show. They discuss why she changed her mind about the European Union, the culture war over Brexit, and the future of British democracy.

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Steve Gray

3rd February 2020 at 10:49 am

Folk living abroad might make a great performace of stating that Brexit is ‘not in my name’, like it’s some kind of atrocity.

But, in one sense, they are absolutely correct. If they are not entitled to vote in the UK, Brexit is, indeed, not in their name. Indeed, they have noting to do with it. And it, arguably, has nothing to do with them.

Jim Lawrie

2nd February 2020 at 11:27 pm

The EU made petitioners of elected national representatives. The less than supine of these were reviled.

Jim Lawrie

2nd February 2020 at 10:02 pm

It is good to hear Ms Stuart raise the currency question. It was in the minds of many that a vote to stay was one step closer to the loss of Sterling.
Here in Scotland tiresome Nats, who have not yet accepted the 2014 result, far less the 2016 one, think they can trundle over both and at the same time sidestep the currency question.


31st January 2020 at 11:05 pm


SNJ Morgan

1st February 2020 at 1:00 am

Pretending to know Latin, Palmy???? You can’t kid us mate!!


1st February 2020 at 6:47 pm

scilicet latine loquor nonne id faciunt omnes?

Jamie Spary

1st February 2020 at 9:01 pm

What’s Latin for troll?

christopher birkin

2nd February 2020 at 1:24 am

Rhowch gynnig ar yr un hon yn google translate Zenophobia. Mae eich casineb cenfigennus o bobl wyn yn gollwng ohonoch fel gwenwyn neidr. Glanhewch eich hun.

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31st January 2020 at 4:37 pm

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Geoff Cox

31st January 2020 at 3:14 pm

“Who speaks for England outside London?” Nobody. Not for 40 or 50 years has anyone spoken for England outside London. Why? Because “they” don’t want to hear that England is a fundamentally patriotic, conservative place that wants to protect its culture and history.

Politicians from all Parties (except UKIP) have conspired to destroy the country through mass immigration and pc enforcement.


1st February 2020 at 1:01 am

‘Protect its history and culture’? Warm beer, pork pies and casual racism hardly constitute a ‘culture’.

christopher birkin

2nd February 2020 at 1:26 am

Jealous much, Zenophia old girl

The Killgrave

2nd February 2020 at 8:44 am

Your burner account has just as little knowledge about Englands history as your main account does.


1st February 2020 at 1:04 am

A Tory government will do NOTHING to rebalance the country. I saw what Thatcher did to Scotland and the north of England in the 1980s. Thatch smashed local democracy. The Tories are centralisers by instinct.

Jerry Owen

1st February 2020 at 10:43 am

Are you ever happy?

Jerry Owen

1st February 2020 at 11:12 am

I remember when labour was the party of the working classes..my point.. move on Thatcher is long dead.. but if living in yester year is your bag so be it.

Jerry Owen

1st February 2020 at 11:14 am

I note with interest you refuse to tell us why you support a German French dominated expansionist empire… Please do tell?

Simon James

1st February 2020 at 3:49 pm

Funny really as the ones who’ll feel the hit the most from this act of national self harm will be the poorest areas. Can’t wait to hear who the government will blame next now the EU is out of the firing line.


1st February 2020 at 6:48 pm

They’ll keep on blaming foreigners, just like most of the gammons commenting on this thread.

SNJ Morgan

31st January 2020 at 1:10 pm

My only regret, Palmy, is that our Independence Day can’t change into a version of Groundhog Day, so that we rub your nose in it for days to come.

PS – If you want to know why Brexit succeeded just look in the mirror, your enormous twit. And make that a Capital A there.

Alley Kat

31st January 2020 at 8:01 pm

SNJ That, would be glorious!

Jonathan Yonge

31st January 2020 at 10:42 am

If we ever become a republic I hope to vote for President Gisela Stuart.


31st January 2020 at 2:35 pm

Let’s hope we do become a Republic, without Scotland, Wales and NI, of course. Gisela Stuart seems like a rational person, even though I disagree with her on Brexit, which is madness.

Jerry Owen

31st January 2020 at 9:57 am

If we were still in the seventies I would have one of those new fifty pence prices dangling round my neck as a pendant.
‘Peace man’.

Jerry Owen

31st January 2020 at 9:59 am

*Pieces*… Damned spell check!


31st January 2020 at 9:12 am

Enjoy flying your Spitfires over the White Cliffs of Dover… if that’s what you call freedom…

Jerry Owen

31st January 2020 at 10:01 am

Historically Spitfires did help gain our freedom from Nazism.
Does that sadden you?


31st January 2020 at 10:11 am

No support for Nazi Germany was expressed or implied in my statement. I was merely articulating my (justified) belief that far too many Brexiters do not realise that WWII ended in 1945. Your comment is, of course, highly disingenuous.

Jerry Owen

31st January 2020 at 5:11 pm

Why do you support a German dominated expansionist empire?

David J

31st January 2020 at 10:13 am

Sure, the Supermarine Spitfire helped us stay free, and then to save Europe from itself.
In future, I’m looking forward to the Tempest stealth fighter making its first flight.
Tempest is an international project, led by BAE Systems.


31st January 2020 at 2:34 pm

The Russians won WWII. You were only spared because you were an island. Had the Germans invaded, the vast majority of you would have collaborated. The Battle of Britain was an important victory, but meaningless without Stalingrad and Kursk.

Jerry Owen

31st January 2020 at 5:13 pm

Poor old ZP such a simplistic ignorant view of historical fact.

Jonathan Yonge

31st January 2020 at 10:41 am

Actually, it was mainly Hurricanes not Spitfires.
Hurricanes were more numerous, a bit slower but much tougher.

SNJ Morgan

31st January 2020 at 12:54 pm

Specially for you, Zenobia:




31st January 2020 at 2:32 pm

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SNJ Morgan

1st February 2020 at 12:59 am

Hey Palmy – here’s one for you:


steven brook

31st January 2020 at 8:38 am

Today is a special day for those of us who genuinely care about Britain’s democracy and independence. I would like to thank all those involved with Spiked for having been a beacon during some very dark times. Obviously the journey isn’t over and some of us have real doubts about whether we can trust the Tory party to rebuild a nation that it did so much to dismantle. To all of those who voted to leave the EU in the face of establishment threats and hysteria I would like to say I am proud of you, good luck for the future.


31st January 2020 at 2:31 pm


SNJ Morgan

1st February 2020 at 1:14 am

You got off lightly with a ‘yawn’ there Steve. We all live in fear of little Balmy’s withering tongue, his massive ego (oops, I mean ‘intellect’) and his grasp of debate. And now his Latin, of course.

Balmy, we are simply unworthy!!!

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