#EBDebate Live Video Stream & Blog from 18.30 onwards

There’s been much talk of our East Belfast debate tonight between the two frontrunner candidates (Naomi Long and Gavin Robinson) and why people cannot get tickets to go (they were all free for entry, but we needed to control the numbers so there’s no entry tonight without one).

The answer is simply that we were sold out in the first four hours.

So we’ll be trying our best to bring you the best tweets and comments on the night here on this live blog. We are going to try to broadcast a low quality feed via our new (very new) YouTube channel, so with luck you’ll be able to follow some of it live too.

Alan will be there too, to capture the audio and some of highlights so that you don’t miss anything. Uf you want to contribute on Twitter, the hashtag is simply #EBDebate. Hope you enjoy it!

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  • Chingford Man

    Listening to that, Naomi is sounding slightly more coherent than normal.

    Did anyone challenge her daft suggestion that Bombardier would pull out of Belfast if the UK left the EU? Does she really think that the EU would start a trade war with a newly self-governing UK?

    Good ending from Gavin here.

  • kalista63

    Asked about his boss telling Naomi to dry her eyes, Gavin essentially told people to ignore him.

  • Joe_Hoggs

    What on earth has Alex Kane got to offer? A self opinionated non entity.

  • Chingford Man

    The Vicar of Bray. But, to be fair, not bad at the op-eds. Better than the lefties at the Bellylaugh.

  • mickfealty

    Great clip!!

  • mickfealty

    Questions are vastly under estimated in NI Joe. Stupid, or otherwise!

  • Catcher in the Rye

    Does she really think that the EU would start a trade war with a newly self-governing UK?

    I love the way kippers still think that we can exit the EU while still being part of the common market. Why on earth would the EU allow that ?

  • Chingford Man

    When Britain is out of the EU, we won’t have to comply with any EU regulations that are not in our interests. We will be able to negotiate our own trade deal with the EU and given our negotiating advantage (they sell more to us than we sell to them) we will be able to get what suits us. We will be able to make trade deals with the rest of the world that suit our own interests, rather than letting the EU make trade deals on our behalf that do not.

  • Joe_Hoggs

    Questions are essential, however Alex Kane is an individual who in the past has encouraged Unionist pacts, criticised disunity in the UUP and those who walked out, subsequently walked out of the UUP and now slams Unionists pacts. He as recently as this week is boasting about spoiling his voting paper at the forthcoming election and has a particular dislike for the DUP. I am really not sure exactly what he stands for or why he is given any credence?

  • Catcher in the Rye

    That requires believing that Brussels will happily set a precedent that anyone who wants to avoid the costs of complying with the EU’s various regulations can simply leave and negotiate free trade access to the market.

    You also think that the EU will just sit there and watch the UK cut more favourable trade deals with other nations and do nothing.

    I’ve no idea why you think this, but has it occurred to you that you might be wrong ? What does the EU need us so badly for that they would undercut everything they’re doing to negotiate with us ? If such a deal was possible, and the EU really badly needed us, and they’ll grant us concessions if we push for them, then why do we need to leave the EU in order to obtain them ?

  • Chingford Man

    A precedent can be set whether Brussels likes it or not. We are still one of the largest economies in the world and, as a self-governing state, will be the EU’s most important trading partner. If the EU starts a trade war with the UK, it will lose decisively.

    The EU can’t allow the UK law to take precedence over Community law without destroying its very nature. There are no meaningful concessions it can grant to the UK, It would prefer to see the UK’s departure, rather than transforming itself into what many people have been fooled into thinking it is, namely a free trading zone.