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Listen: Mandelson caught out by his referendum promise

1 April 2019

8:32 AM

1 April 2019

8:32 AM

The former Labour spin doctor and Remain campaigner Lord Mandelson was on the Today programme this morning, to put forward his case for a second Brexit referendum, which he argued could break the current impasse in parliament. Challenged by Martha Kearney though about whether this process could potentially create even more division and strife within Britain, the ‘Prince of Darkness’ assured the public that ‘we’ve then got to make sure that everyone feels able to live with the result.’

But it appears that some people may have been struggling to live with the result of the Brexit referendum more than others. As he made this argument, the second referendum campaigner probably wasn’t expecting to be played a clip of a speech he made in 2016, during the referendum, in which he told an audience in Manchester that the vote wasn’t:

‘like a general election where you can put your vote on one colour and then three or four, five years later just boot that team out and change direction. It’s not like that. This is a decision, a once and for all decision. We will not be taking a decision like this again in our lifetimes.’ 

No doubt they missed out the part of the speech when he said the Brexit vote would be a best of three…

Listen to the full exchange here:


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