Caroline Lucas and People’s Vote win plaudits following live Brexit debate

Caroline Lucas, arguing in favour of a People’s Vote in a live Brexit debate broadcast on Channel 4, looks to have walked away with the plaudits after a fiercely contested battle with senior politicians.

The Green MP lined up against Jacob Rees-Mogg, who campaigned for a hard Brexit, James Cleverly, who was backing Theresa May’s deal, and Labour MP Barry Gardiner who called for a General Election in the debate, which replaced the Prime Minister’s head-to-head with Jeremy Corbyn after the respective parties failed to agree on the format.

Lucas took aim at Labour for backing a “project of the right, for the right”.

She also warmed Rees-Mogg that Brexit “is not a parlour game or debating society”, adding: “These are real people with real lives”

Following a warm reaction from the live audience a flurry of support has surfaced on social media, with former Labour spin doctor Alastair Campbell saying she “absolutely owned the Brexit debate” on Twitter.

Others praised her “common sense” approach saying she was “the only grown up in the room”.

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