David Davis laughs off claims he supported the public changing their minds
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David Davis has been mocked for refusing to support a People's Vote – despite previously claiming democracies should be allowed to change their mind.
His words – taken from a speech on Europe in 2012 – were read back to him on the BBC's Marr show.
At the time he said: 'If a democracy cannot change its mind it ceases to be democracy. We should not ask people to vote on a blank sheet of paper and tell them to trust us to fill in the details afterwards. Referendums should be held when people know exactly what they're getting.'
Marr asked: 'Are you going to announce your support for the People's Vote?'
However the former Brexit secretary laughed off the suggestion before blustering his way through an answer.
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'No, certainly not. Let me tell you why not. I mean, the point about referendums is that they are once in a generation. The other thing you didn't read out of that is that they are a once in a generation thing,' he said.
'We had an argument lasting a year or more over whether we should leave or stay, and the British public came to the judgement.'
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He added: 'If we try to have another referendum, what would the European Union do? They've already tried to make this a tough negotiation. They would give us the worst outcome possible in order to encourage a referendum vote to stay in. That's why we don't need a referendum now.'
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