The chairman of the Brexit Party has been left baffled after being confronted with quotes that his colleague Nigel Farage gave about the EU referendum.
Richard Tice was being interviewed in front of a live audience by Al Jazeera journalist Mehdi Hasan when the topic of the the 2016 referendum came up.
Hasan was quick to provide Tice with a few facts about the referendum which was, after all, an advisory referendum, something which the MEP called "nonsense."
To counteract this fact, Tice cited the leaflets that were posted to every house in the UK but Hassan stopped him and pointed out that even Farage agreed that it was advisory.
The government sent out a leaflet, but the law - the EU Referendum Act 2015 - made it clear it was an advisory referendum. Your leader Nigel Farage said it an advisory referendum.
Tice agreed that under law it was advisory but added that the government needed to respect the will of the people.
Hasan then came back at him and asked that if leave had lost the result by 52 per cent to 48 per cent would he now be campaigning for another referendum?
Tice said in response:
No we wouldn't... that's just a complete nonsense.
The journalist then came back with a real zinger and pointed out that Farage had said that a result of that margin would be "unfinished business."
Why did Nigel Farage - the leader of your party - say in May 2016 a month before the referendum 'in a 52% to 48% referendum this would be unfinished business by a long way'?
At this point, Tice looked very confused and the audience started to laugh. "Did he? I'm not Nigel Farage, I didn't hear him say it," said Tice.
The presenter added:
Richard, the way quotes work whether you heard them or not is irrelevant, he did say it, to the Mirror.
He's never denied saying it... you can't just disown the leader of your party when he says something awkward!
Tice then tried to cite that 'democracy only works in this country if losers accept they lost'. Although Hasan agreed with him he did add:
But your party leader said if the Remain campaign wins two-thirds to one thirds that ends it.
You didn't win two-thirds to one-third. So it's not over according to Nigel Farage.
The whole thing ended with Tice saying that he doesn't have to agree with everything that Nigel Farage says which is fair enough but the whole thing was pretty embarrassing.
Hasan has since shared the clip on social media where the mockery of Tice has been substantial.
HT New European