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Eloquent: ‘Amelia’, 16, charmed the Question Time audience with her perfectly-judged summary of everything that is wrong with Brexit.

More than 1.6 million people have seen 16-year-old Amelia’s eloquent verbal assassination of the EU referendum and the reasons leading up to it – so I may be preaching to the converted here.

But her words were so well-chosen that they demand a hearing here:

I don’t mind admitting that I’ve been speaking and writing publicly for decades and I’m in awe of this young lady’s way with words.

She was arguing for a general election – and some might say this is because she is a member of Labour’s youth wing – but this may be a forlorn hope.

I think a better option for now is signing the petition calling for Article 50 to be revoked, halting the UK’s departure from the EU – at least for the time being.

If it attracts more signatures than the number of people who voted to leave the EU in the 2016 referendum, then prime minister Theresa May will be in a very tricky position indeed.

She has refused to accept that the petition should have any weight – but ignoring a document signed by one-third of the country would itself be a negation of democracy and would almost certainly trigger a constitutional crisis that would, at the very least, eject her from Downing Street.

At best, it would lead to both the revocation of Article 50 and the general election that Amelia demanded.

The petition currently stands at 4.1 million signatures. It may run until August 20 but, at the rate names are being added, will certainly top the number of ‘Leave’ votes in the referendum before the revised date of Brexit, if Mrs May’s deal is rejected again by Parliament next week.


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