A father and daughter disagreed over Brexit live on television, revealing that they had “very heated household debates” over the topic. Daughter Alexa Clark even said her mother “won’t disclose how she voted” due to the disagreement. Speaking on Sky News’ Brexit crisis: Deal or no Deal? debate in Sunderland, retired bank manager Chris Clark explained why he voted to Leave: “I think, forgetting all the rhetoric about the lies told in the campaign or the exaggerations of the world will end if we vote to leave. I think people voted because they did want those principles of just bringing back control to the UK.
“I feel there’s 27 countries who gradually, as the EU’s expanded, we’ve had less and less influence, I think most of them for one reason or the other don’t really support the UK.
“I just think we made this country great by trading around the world, and we’re just getting more and more restricted by it.”
Speaking on whether there was anything the EU had done to “personally” impact his life, Mr Clark added: “No because what Paula said about people looked to their immediate environment, to me I looked at the wider picture.
“I always believe that people struggle with austerity more at the lower end, and I think should be supported more.
“I just think we need to create better terms, better trading if we want to get back to where we were as a world leader and a world economy, then I think we’ve got to do it ourselves.
“I think we’d be just totally restricted in the EU. So it was more principle than anything personal, it was just how I felt about it.”
Sky News host Jayne Secker then moved to question his daughter, Alexa Clark, commenting: “Let’s go and talk to Alexa. Alexa, how do you know that man?”
The daughter chuckled: “That’s my dad. Had very heated household debates recently.”
Ms Secker remarked: “I imagine as well over Christmas.”
To which Miss Clark replied: “Yes, really fun. My mum won’t even disclose how she voted because it’s that debate-centred in my house.”
Speaking on why she voted Remain, Miss Clark explained: “I did initially think both campaigns weren’t very well handled, and I just thought I wanted to stick with what we had.
“Potentially with Cameron going back to re-negotiate as he was at the time back in 2016, maybe get a bit of a better deal than he had at the time.
“But I think both campaigns were just badly handled and I wasn’t particularly influenced either way, so I was like stick with what I know.”
Sky News presenter Ms Secker asked: “And you’ve not been able to persuade your dad and he’s not been able to persuade you? Do you think it will ever change or do you think you’ll always be diametrically opposed on this?”
Mr Clark interjected: “No I think Alexa will finally realise.”
To which Ms Secker joked: “You’ll see the light!”
The comments follow senior EU figures, including Jean-Claude Juncker, dismissing the result of yesterday’s Commons vote which saw MPs back a motion to replace the backstop with “alternative arrangements”.
Mr Juncker said he hoped a deal is possible but warned the terms already on offer remain “the best and only deal possible”.
Ireland added its voice to those rejecting the possibility of reopening negotiations on the contentious backstop, branding a last-ditch bid to save Theresa May’s Brexit deal as “wishful thinking”.