Even Blairite MP Chuka Umunna seemed to acknowledge he was caught red-handed on the BBC.
“Entrench a view that we’re some elite”
Presenter Andrew Neil confronted Umunna with video footage of him condemning calls for a second Brexit referendum. The right-wing MP said in 2016:
I’m sorry, I’m not one of those people who thinks we should be calling for a second referendum…. which will simply entrench a view that we’re some elite, who don’t want to pay any attention to the people.
But by August 2017, Umunna said the opposite, and has become a leading supporter of a second referendum. He joined 16 other MPs in calling for a re-run in December 2018.
Chuka Umunna does a Umunna..... "I'm not one of those people who calls for a second referendum" pic.twitter.com/H9QBvebMdB
— Tory Fibs (@ToryFibs) January 9, 2019
“180 degree turn”
In response, Umunna argued that there were conditions to his opposition to a second referendum, which he didn’t voice on that occasion:
I’d actually said that in parliament in a speech in September, but I caveated what I said by this… The fact that, if we could not deliver Brexit in the form that it was sold… with all the same economic benefits that we enjoy in the European Union
Then Neil retorted:
You didn’t say any of that there…. what matters is when you’re in front of the Labour Party or the public. I mean... that it's a 180 degree turn.
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