The audience member told the Question Time panel that Northern Ireland should plan now for a future Irish border vote, even if “it isn’t for another ten years”. He told show guests, Nothern Ireland First and Deputy First Ministers Arlene Foster and Michelle O'Neil, Conservative Brandon Lewis MP and Labour's Louise Haigh MP that the Belfast government has to learn from the "shambles of the Brexit referendum.” It comes as fears grow that Northern Ireland is already "heading for the exit doors," and may opt to leave the United Kingdom as a result of the customs arrangments agreed in the Brexit Protocol.
The QT audience member told last night's show: "The key is to make the protocol work for the here and now but also I think one of the key things is we have to plan for this day coming.
"This referendum, because we have to learn from the shambles that was the Brexit referendum.
"We have to make sure that any unity referendum is not like the Brexit referendum and people know they have a clear and concise knowledge of what it is they are voting for.
"We need to make sure and if the referendum isn't for another ten years we need to start planning now."Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
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Northern Ireland should learn from Brexit ‘shambles’ says QT guest (Image: BBC)
Brexit negotiations regarding the Irish border has boosted support for Irish unification (Image: GETTY)
But his proposal was met with some fury by BBC Question Time viewers, who challenged his attempt to "blame" Brexit and cause further divergence.
A woman said: "No wonder I don’t watch. Promoting more division. Blaming Brecht for everything."
Another said: "The only shambles that was caused was the argument that ensued from those that wouldn't except the result."
And another added: "Patronising clown suggesting we didn't know what we were voting for in the Brexit referendum."
One other viewer simply argued Northern Ireland would not support plans for reunification: "Cannot see NI leaving