Hollywood star John Rhys-Davies shamed MPs last night as he accused them of ‘betraying democracy’ by failing to deliver Brexit.
In an extraordinary moment on the BBC‘s Question Time last night the Indiana Jones and Lord of the Rings actor, 74, was given an ovation by the audience.
In a Brexit speech, punctuated by applause, Mr Rhys-Davies, physically turned to Green MP Caroline Lucas, Labour’s Jon Ashworth and Lib Dem leader Sir Vince Cable to warn them: ‘You will damage Democracy if you don’t deliver Brexit’.
He said that in his life he had ‘never seen such a level of anger’ about MPs failing to deliver the result of the 2016 EU referendum.
He went on: ‘The mood of the people I’ve been talking to – and I do not mean hotheads or loose talk in the pub – I’m talking about considered grown ups who work for a living, who think for a living, and have had to make economic decisions for themselves, I have never seen such a level of anger’.
Hollywood star John Rhys-Davies blasted MPs for ‘betraying democracy’ by failing to deliver Brexit on Question Time last night
The actor, 74, turned to MPs on the panel including Sir Vince Cable, far right of picture, and told them: ‘Your primary objective is to preserve democracy and whatever you may feel, you have betrayed democracy’
Addressing the MPs on the panel directly he said: ‘I do believe every member here went into politics in order to do their best for the people who elected them. But your primary objective is to preserve democracy and whatever you may feel, you have betrayed democracy’.
Britain is heading into local and European elections with Nigel Farage’s new Brexit Party predicted to clean-up.
Mr Farage said yesterday he is planning to take on the Tories and Labour in the next General Election.
The leader confirmed he wants to run candidates for Parliament in future to stop MPs blocking Brexit.
His new party is on course to come top in next month’s EU elections just months after it was founded.
In an interview with The Sun, Mr Farage pledged to use the Brussels poll as a ‘springboard’ to take the party into power in Westminster.
Her ministers yesterday urged Theresa May to get on with delivering Brexit after she shelved vital legislation again in the face of continued opposition in Parliament.
Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom voiced frustration at the Government’s failure to find a way to break the Brexit deadlock.
John Rhys-Davies, pictured playing Gimli in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, has enjoyed a glittering career on stage and screen
No10 had hoped to bring forward the Withdrawal Agreement Bill next week to get a version of Mrs May’s deal through Parliament in time to cancel the European Parliament elections on May 23.
But it was missing from yesterday’s list of legislation to be considered by Parliament next week, and Tory whips have privately told ministers the idea has been put on hold for at least a week while Mrs May tries to secure enough backing for it. Whitehall sources said the slow pace meant there was now almost no chance of avoiding the European elections, when the Tories are expected to take a pounding from Nigel Farage’s new Brexit Party.
Mrs Leadsom told MPs she was ‘personally upset’ at the failure to deliver Brexit, urging Mrs May: ‘It is vital that we bring in the Withdrawal Agreement Bill, to give the House the opportunity to make progress on delivering on the will of the people.’
Mr Hunt told a lunch for journalists: ‘It’s very straightforward. We have to leave quickly and we have to leave cleanly.’