Watch MP deliver ‘Trainspotting’-inspired anti-Brexit ‘choose life’ speech to Parliament

'Choose Brexit. Choose making up numbers from thin air about the NHS and plastering them on the side of buses'

Scottish MP Hannah Bardell delivered a rousing anti-Brexit speech in Parliament yesterday, based on the ‘choose life’ monologue from ‘Trainspotting‘. Watch it below.

MPs gathered at Westminter yesterday to debate and vote on whether or not to trigger Article 50 and kickstart Brexit. A surprisingly colourful highlight came when Bardell chose to ‘pay tribute to Irvine Welsh, Danny Boyle and Ewan McGregor’ when she took to having her say, because she ‘saw Trainspotting 2 recently, and it inspired her’. The monologue was recently updated for modern times for ‘T2 Trainspotting‘, but now it’s been given a harsh, political twist.

“Choose Brexit. Choose making up numbers from thin air about the NHS and plastering them on the side of buses,” she said. “Choose racist and xenophobic sentiments seeping out from some corners of the Leave campaign.


“Choose hate crime rising by over 40% and LGBT hate crime by 150% in England and Wales following the Brexit vote. Choose taking the people of our nations to the polls on one of the most important issues of a generation with nothing written down and no plan.

“Choose ignoring the interests of the people of Scotland and my constituents in Livingston despite the fact they voted overwhelmingly to Remain in the EU. Choose leaving the single market, risking 80,000 Scottish jobs within a decade and costing the people of Scotland an average of £2,000 a year in wages.”

“Choose lowering Scotland’s GDP by more than £10 billion and Scotland’s exports by more than £5 billion. Choose vital EU worker status being under threat with widespread uncertainty to family, businesses, and the economy.

“Choose risking our international standing in the academic research and innovation communities as we lose access to funding, expertise, and people in the EU. Choose walking away from the European medicine association without any detail or thought of the impact.

“Choose the great Brexit power grab, taking back control of straight bananas. Choose returning to the Thatcher era of poverty and austerity. Choose the UK turning its back on Europe. These, Mr Speaker, are not the choices that the Scottish people made.”