Remoaner politicians threatened to try to derail Brexit as they went head to head in the first televised leaders debate of the General Election.
Lib Dem leader Tim Farron said Britain should have the choice to ‘remain in the European Union’ while SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon railed against an ‘extreme Brexit’.
While Green Party leader Caroline Lucas said she does not want tougher border controls and wants to keep free movement with the EU.
The comments, made on the ITV’s leaders debate, are likely to enrage voters who backed Brexit in the historic referendum last June.
Leaders from five parties went head to head in the ITV leaders debate – but Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May both refused to show up for the clash
But there were two notable voices missing ads Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn both refused to show up for the debate.
Mr Farron repeated his party’s threat to hold another referendum on the final deal in a desperate bid to keep Britain in the EU.
He said: ‘The Brexit negotiation between Brussels and London will have outcomes none of us can predict.
‘That means that at the end you should have the final say.’
Mrs May has warned that the threat of a second referendum would tie her hands at the negotiating table in Brussels and leave Britain with a worse deal.
And she had she has declared that she is willing to walk away rather than be saddled with a bad deal which could hobble Britain for decades.
But the left-leaning leaders who dominated the stage all rounded on the PM’s plans.
Ms Sturgeon, Scotland’s First Minister, accused Theresa May of pursing ‘ a hard, extreme Brexit’.
Ukip’s blundering leader Paul Nuttall made another gaffe – accidentally calling Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood, Natalie
She added: ‘Today she threatened again to walk away from any deal, and that would be an economic catastrophe.’
Ms Lucas said she thinks Britain should be able to stay in the EU, and keep our borders open to the bloc, telling the audience: ‘it’s a wonderful thing that we can live and work and be in these other member states.’
And she said that the Green Party would hold another vote in a move designed to derail Brexit.
Ukip leader Paul Nuttall was a lone voice in backing the vote last June, and said Britain will be able to strike trade deals around the world when we leave the EU.
He said: ‘The bottom line is this, the people have voted – they voted to leave the EU, to leave the single market, and Tim can cry about it all he wants.’
But the blunder-prone leader made another gaffe when he wrongly referred to Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood as Natalie.
Viewers were quick to mock the debate, which Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn did not attend. One compared it unfavourably to the dating show Take Me Out
One viewer hit out at Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn for failing to take part in the debate, saying it was like watching a cup match without either of the sides turning up
Another viewer pointed out that the main contenders on June 8 were not on the screen
While another viewer speculated that not many people will have bothered to tune in to catch the debate as the headline acts were not taking part
Ms Wood was quick to spot the gaffe, and told him ‘I’m not Natalie (Bennett – the former Green Party leader), I’m Leanne.’
Political leaders locked horns on topics such as the NHS and foreign aid as they went head to head in the debate.
Viewers attacked the PM and Mr Corbyn for failing to turn up to the debate and mocked the second rate line-up.
One viewer joked that it was the ‘worst episode of Take Me Out’ he has seen.
While another said it felt like turning up to a cup match only to find neither of teams had showed up.
As the debate got underway Jeremy Corbyn asked the PM for a head to head debate
Theresa May, pictured at her manifesto launch in Halifax today, was criticised by viewers online for not showing up to the televised General Election debate
Jeremy Corbyn, pictured on the campaign trail in Southall, west London, today, also turned down an invite to appear on the show saying he would not take part without the PM
Ms Wood also challenged Mrs May over her decision to miss the debate.
In her opening statement she said : ‘I have a message for the Prime Minister, who I’m sure is watching tonight.
‘You may be too scared to come here tonight, for your U-turns to be highlighted, for your cruel policies to be exposed.
‘You want this election to only be about Brexit because that means you avoid talking about the real issues like the NHS, the economy and the cuts you have made to our public services.
‘That’s weak leadership – weak and unstable.’
As the debate got underway, Mr Corbyn repeated his plea to the PM for a head to head debate.