It has been nearly three years since the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union and yet there is no agreement on how to exit the bloc. Instead, the UK is about to depart with no divorce agreement.

Politicians are in gridlock. Some want a "no-deal" Brexit, others say some kind of exit agreement must be in place. The people are divided with thousands from both sides of the debate taking to the streets in protest. So, should the referendum have been held at all?

Claire Fox, director of the think-tank Academy of Ideas, believes the Brexit vote was a democratic achievement.

"The whole Brexit process has proven to be somewhat traumatic, but I can't emphasise enough to viewers how exciting and brilliant it was that the Brexit vote happened in the first place," says Fox.

Anti-Brexit campaigner Femi Oluwole says Brexit was a "terrible referendum".

"And the reason why it was a terrible referendum was precisely because Brexit had not been defined. We were not told exactly what relationship we were going to have," added Oluwole, who is also the cofounder of the pro-EU group Our Future Our Choice.

In this week's Arena, Claire Fox and Femi Oluwole debate the Brexit chaos.

Follow UpFront on Twitter @AJUpFront and Facebook.

Source: Al Jazeera News