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Ann Widdecombe Laughs At Teen On Question Time For Arguing Under 18s Should Have Had Referendum Vote

'If your side had won, you would be expecting us to accept that and get on with it.'

10/02/2017 10:37 | Updated 10 February 2017

Ann Widdecombe has been blasted as “arrogant” and “patronising” for laughing at a teenager on Question Time who pointed out that thousands of under 18s were not given a voice in the EU referendum

The 69-year-old Brexiteer sneered as the young woman explained that it was wrong to suggest that the “British people” had voted for Brexit.

“You’re missing out the amount of under 16’s who didn’t get a vote,” the girl said. 

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Ann Widdicome has been blasted as 'patronising' for laughing at a teen on Question Time 

“I’m 17, I was 16 when the referendum happened. I really didn’t want us to leave the EU and it’s happened. 

“People like me aren’t very happy about it, so I don’t think you should really say that it represents the whole of Britain,” she added. 

But Widdecombe dismissed the case of the woman more than 50 years her junior, laughing as the teen spoke.

The Conservative politician then went on to suggest that the young woman only cared about votes for 16 and 17-year-olds because the referendum had led to Brexit.  

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The young woman said it was wrong to suggest the 'British people' had voted for Brexit 

“If your side of the argument had won, you would be expecting us to accept that and get on with it,” Widdecombe hit back.  

In 2015, the House of Lords voted to lower the voting age to 16 on the grounds that it would help get more teenagers involved in politics. 

While some QT audience members clapped for Widdecombe, many viewers criticised her handling of the exchange:  

Other’s defended the teenager’s argument, pointing out that most 16 and 17-year-olds will live with the referendum decision for far longer than older generations. 

But others argued under 18’s are too young to vote.

A woman named Caroline Midwood wrote on Twitter: “All young people have said the same for hundreds of years.

“Then they grow up & realise that younger people don’t know better.” 

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