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The BBC Held A Massive EU Debate In An Arena And It Was Absolutely Bizarre

"Speaking as a childless gay man who's watching the Spain match..."

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The BBC hosted an absolutely bloody massive debate in Wembley Arena on Tuesday, and, as is tradition, the nation gathered together to take the piss out of the whole thing.

The debate, held two days before the EU referendum, saw anti-EU figures Boris Johnson, Tory MP Andrea Leadsom, and Labour MP Gisela Stuart face off against pro-EU politicians Sadiq Khan, Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson, and trade union leader Frances O'Grady.

The stipulations were made clear at the beginning, as each side tried to get through to the next round.

EU referendum debate just starting on BBC1. If Remain win, they qualify top of their group.

People playing drinking games immediately got pissed from the Vote Leave catchphrase.

"Vote leave" DRINK "Take control" DRINK #BBCDebate

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*Wearily starts new tweet* Not sure about the new line-up of Kraftw— No. Just say no.

And the audience patiently waited for the conflict to begin.

When do the Gladiators arrive #BBCDebate

When the show started, everyone obviously agreed with the opinions they already had.

THE AUDIENCE APPLAUDS THE SIDE IT ALREADY AGREES WITH #BBCDEBATE

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The pub chain Wetherspoon's was inexplicably booed.

There is a huge crowd booing Wetherspoons at Wembley Arena. Did any of us imagine this when they put a referendum in the manifesto?

Boris Johnson started screaming about haggis in front of an audience of 6,000 people.

"Boris can I ask you a qu-" "HAGGIS" I want to die. #BBCDebate

Six. Thousand. People.

That's it. Political engagement has gone too far.

It was all thoroughly un-British.

This is already the least-British political event Britain has ever seen #BBCDebate

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People were surprised by Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson.

Oh my @RuthDavidsonMSP is good #BBCDebate

Mainly because she had a proper old-fashioned rammy with fellow Tory Boris Johnson.

If you haven't spotted it yet, Ruth Davidson FUCKING HATES BORIS

People looked forward to David Dimbleby's musical debut.

Dimbleby's microphone, last worn by H from Steps in 1999.

But some were left disappointed.

Ohhhh, I thought the stage at the back was for Dimbleby's acoustic set. #BBCDebate

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Especially when Bucks Fizz didn't make an appearance.

There were a few slip-ups. Tory MP Andrea Leadsom called for "child-free tax care".

‘Child-free tax care’ - Leadsom going for the ‘as a non-mother’ vote there

Which everyone obviously found hilarious.

Boris and Sadiq had a sartorial nightmare by turning up in the same outfit.

Embarrassing wardrobe clash in the #BBCDebate. Boris and Sadiq both in suits. Schoolboy stuff.

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There was a bizarre criticism of the EU that the member states couldn't order a curry together.

Wait, why would 28 states order a takeaway curry?

And everyone made their points with tiny little clenched fists.

who first came up with the pointy-thumbed fist waggle, and how did it spread like this? #BBCDebate

The mothers on the panel constantly talked about being mothers.

Personally, as a mother, I'm going to make my arguments better, as a mother, by mentioning the words "as a mother" more often.

Which left the childless gay football fans feeling a little left out.

'speaking as a childless gay man who's watching the Spain match.....' #BBCDebate

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Boris succinctly answered some points.

.@BorisJohnson responds to @RuthDavidsonMSP pointing out he said two months' ago Turkey wouldn't join EU #BBCDebate

He backed immigration, to the confusion of some.

Boris: "Let's celebrate immigrants and immigration." Ha ha ha ha ha #BBCDebate

While the Lib Dems did whatever the hell this is.

When Boris attacks immigration... anyone else wondering who’s pulling his strings? #INtogether #BBCDebate #EUref

Ultimately, no one really seemed to enjoy themselves.

I don't want to get too bogged down in technicalese, but this is fucking horrendous

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The producer gave up about halfway through.

And, at the end of it all, we were all left asking ourselves this.

WHY IS THERE ANOTHER DEBATE ABOUT THE EU SURELY WE HAVE MADE UP OUR BLOODY MINDS BY NOW

Jamie Ross is a Scotland reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Edinburgh.

Contact Jamie Ross at jamie.ross@buzzfeed.com.

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