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Graham Norton feels sorry for people who bought a "pack of lies" on Brexit

He also said that the British should have taken Ireland’s lead and run the referendum again.

"I was astonished that people bought the pack of lies they were sold and because they were lied to," said the Corkman.

CHAT SHOW PRESENTER Graham Norton has said that people bought a “pack of lies” on Brexit, and Britain should have held the referendum again ‘when they got the wrong answer’.

Norton, who is best known as the host of a popular UK celebrity chat show and as a regular commentator for the UK coverage of the Eurovision Song Contest, made the remarks last night on RTÉ’s The Late Late Show.

He told host Ryan Tubridy that he was “astonished” that people had voted for Brexit, and said that one of the biggest impacts it would have would be on Britain’s youth.

He said:

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.

“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 Graham Norton Show - London Norton hosting his chat show with Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Chris O'Dowd last week. Source: PA Wire/PA Images

Norton 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.

The British should have taken Ireland’s lead and run the referendum again, he added.

“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,” Norton said.

“Almost offended”

The Graham Norton Show - London "You realise the papers will always hate the BBC more than you." Source: PA Wire/PA Images

As the host of Britain’s most popular chatshow, Norton 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.

“It is sort of in my mind a bit more because of the BBC, the nature of the BBC and the way that the BBC is funded. The papers, it is like there is a whiteboard in the office and they have names on it: ‘who are we going to get next?’ – Jonathan Ross – boom; Jeremy Clarkson – boom; Chris Evans – boom.

“I am almost offended they haven’t come for me yet but they have to be on their way! Just to give the BBC a kicking and to say ‘right, we’ll get rid of him then’,” he said.

Moving from Channel 4 to the BBC brings a different dynamic to how your work is received, he added.

“You realise the papers will always hate the BBC more than you. So, even if you get a bad review, the BBC are terrible for showing it. Somehow it is their fault, not yours. Whereas on a commercial broadcaster like Channel 4, it’s your fault, you’ve done that thing,” he said.

Norton, who was born in Dublin and grew up in Co Cork, is also known for his appearances as Father Noel Furlong in the Irish comedy Father Ted.

Source: The Late Late Show/YouTube

Read: Francois Hollande to Theresa May: ‘You want a hard Brexit? The talks will be hard too’

Read: Northern Ireland says it doesn’t want ‘special status’

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