Tuesday 25 October 2016

Meet the 16-year-old Brexit supporter who silenced BBC Question Time panel

Steve Swinford, Alex Yeates and Keely Lockhart

Published 27/02/2016 | 14:58

Lexie Hill on BBC's Question Time
Lexie Hill on BBC's Question Time
David Dimbleby on BBC's Question Time

A 16-year-old grammar-school girl has become a political star after demolishing a Cabinet minister's case for Britain to stay in the EU live on the BBC's Question Time.

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Lexie Hill, who is taking her GCSEs this year, criticised Liz Truss, the Environment Secretary, for claiming that that David Cameron's EU deal will "reduce the pull factors" for migrants.

Miss Hill, from Poole in Dorset, said: “I’m sorry but I can’t accept Liz’s argument that they’re trying to reduce the pull factors because what is increasing the living wage to £9 in 2020 going to do?

“Especially Eastern Europeans who have a minimum wage which is already one tenth of what ours is, surely that’s going to increase net migration?”

David Dimbleby on BBC's Question Time
David Dimbleby on BBC's Question Time

When asked by David Dimbleby, the presenter, what she would do she replied confidently:“I would get out of the EU so we could have a fair points-based system so we don’t favour people from outside the EU over people in the EU.

“Because we can have someone unskilled within Europe coming in without any questions but a really skilled doctor from India has to go through a really intensive process.”

Fellow audience members and even Mrs Truss could be seen nodding along during her comments, which was met with a round of applause.

Miss Hill recently finished her mock GCSE exams at Parkstone Grammar School and wants to study Maths, Chemistry, Biology and Economics at A-level.

Her father Robert Hill, a computer programmer, told The Telegraph that she is considering a career in politics in the long term but first wants to take on a "normal" path like medicine or finance.

He said: “We are very proud of her, she's always had very strong views on politics.

"A lot of her views are similar to mine but she's quite happy to stick up for herself and air her point of view. She likes Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson because they have similar views to her.

"She has got a strong interest in politics but initially she's thinking about more of a normal career - she's thinking about medicine and finance, with the possibility of going into politics later.

"She watches Question Time every week and is currently reading Andrew Marr's book about politics. She's not a member of a political party.”

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