Wednesday 7 December 2016

Graham Norton tells Late Late: British people over 60 shut down the options for young people

Published 21/10/2016 | 22:57

Ryan Tubridy and Graham Norton on the Late Late Show
Ryan Tubridy and Graham Norton on the Late Late Show

PEOPLE bought a "pack of lies" on Brexit, Graham Norton told The Late Late Show on Friday night.

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Speaking during a pre-recorded segment, the chatshow host told Ryan Tubridy that he was "astonished" that people had voted for Brexit and he  the impact on Britain's young people.

"I was astonished that people bought the pack of lies they were sold and I feel sorry for the people who voted for it because they were lied to," he said. 

"They were promised things that are never going to happen and they were told [about] the things that are now unfolding: 'oh don't worry, that won't happen'."

The Cork native said that although people will focus on the economy, it is the impact of Brexit on young people that was "the most depressing thing".

"What is great about being young is you've so many options. Life - all the doors are open, every door is open.

"What is so sad about Brexit is that people over 60, because it was people over 60 passed that thing, closed so many doors on young people and shut down options.

"Shut down options about studying abroad, living abroad, working in places. It just seemed absolutely the wrong instinct. Don't make the world smaller, don't shut things down. I understand where the fear comes from but, actually, I think it is sad," he said.

He also argued that the British should take Ireland's lead and run the referendum again.

"You do think: 'do you not see what they do in Ireland?' If you get the wrong answer, you ask again! It was a no brainer," he added.

The host of Britain's most popular chatshow said that after 19 years at the helm he is "almost offended" that he hasn't been targetted by the media like other big name BBC personalities.

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