"I have never seen such a level of anger. I do believe every member here entered politics in order to the best for their people who elected them, for their constituencies. But your primary objective is to preserve democracy. And whatever you may feel, you have betrayed democracy," said actor John Rhys-Davies, known for his portrayal of Gimli, following a round of applause by the audience.
The 2016 referendum on UK's membership of the European Union has split the country into two camps of those supporting and opposing the exit from the bloc, eventually creating more divisions in the British society, fuelled by the government's inability to deliver a smooth Brexit. The panel of the BBC Question Time addressing the issue of Brexit included Crime Minister Victoria Atkins, Shadow Health Secretary Jon Ashworth, Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable, Green Party MP Caroline Lucas, as well as the Welsh star.
Known for his roles as Gimli the dwarf in The Lord of the Rings trilogy and excavator Sallah in the Indiana Jones films, Rhys-Davies was criticised for his demeanour and losing his temper, as well as snapping at Ms. Lucas with the "Oh, woman!" phrase.
Oh he's an actor is he, that explains the theatrical harumphing and playing to the gallery, but not the rudeness nor the ignorance.— Simon Himsworth (@simonhimsworth) April 26, 2019
He clearly doesn’t understand what a ‘Parliamentary Representative’ democracy is.— Darren Ferreday (@Fez100) April 26, 2019
Absolutely. It seems the BBC now considers its roll to be to whip up raging angry mobs. Scarily at politicians who don’t share the Govt view. It is right out of the fascist play book.— Henry Blamey #FBPE (@HenryBlamey2) April 26, 2019
When asked whether the US president should be afforded a state visit in the UK, the actor said that Donald Trump represents the American people — a statement Caroline Lucas challenged, arguing Mr. Trump had lost the popular vote.
"Oh woman! Have you ever read Kenneth Harold and Arrow's Theorem? Any system of election has its problems!" Rhys-Davies said.
Ms. Lucas replied: "And the American one more than most!"
The initial Brexit deadline of 29 March has been pushed backed by the UK government that failed to secure a withdrawal agreement with the EU. A flexible extension has been given to Britain until 31 October. Meanwhile, candidates of UK parties are prepared to take part in the European elections scheduled for end of May.