Iain Duncan-Smith has become the latest Brexiteer to be corrected by a news presenter after claiming the public backs a no-deal Brexit.
The Brexiteer was told in a Sky News appearance that opinion polls shows there is not a majority in this country for leaving without a deal, but Duncan-Smith tried to suggest otherwise.
The Brexiteer said: ‘Actually the last two polls shows over 50% favoured leaving without a deal.’
But presenter Adam Boulton pointed out that this was ‘in the context of a choice’ but ‘if you put the three choices to people actually it gets support for a third of people.’
He added: ‘And in those contexts, actually Remain comes out strongest.’
Duncan-Smith, however, appeared to be again in denial of reality. ‘No, no, no,’ he continued, as Boulton insists ‘it does!’
The ERG member continued: ‘The British people want an end to this, and the only end to this is either the prime minister’s deal passes – and I voted for it last time – or they leave without a deal. And constantly suspending that means you renage on the decision. March 29th was the vote – to leave on March 29th.’
Boulton said that there was ‘a third option – as you well know,’ before adding ‘that is to revoke leaving.’
But dismissive Duncan-Smith ignored the point again claiming that it was ‘not what the British people voted for!’
Boulton is not the first news presenter to hold a Brexiteer to account for being economical with the truth about polling – Krishnan Guru-Murthy on Channel 4 News recently had a fiery exchange with John Redwood on the matter.