Channel 4 presenter Krishnan Guru-Murthy took Brexiteer MP Ben Bradley to work after he grilled him about his voting record – given that the Tory politician had initially voted to remain.
Speaking on Channel 4 News, Guru-Murthy introduced the MP for Mansfield with the following scathing announcement:
The conservative MP Ben Bradley is in the House of Commons. He voted to remain, then became a Brexiteer, then voted against the deal, then voted for the deal, then said he’d struggled to back the deal again but now says he will back the deal.
The presenter went on to ask Bradley why he gets to change his mind, but others – in the form of a second referendum – don’t.
“I haven’t changed my mind,” Bradley insisted.
I voted remain in the referendum. What you’ve laid out there is a series of voting differently.
However Guru-Murthy didn’t let up in his interrogation. “So you voted against the deal, and for the deal?” he asked the MP.
“The thing that I’ve been trying to do since day one is get us out on the date that we promised,” Ben insisted.
“Are you now in favour of Brexit?” Guru-Murthy asked him directly.
Yes. I am in favour of Brexit. I voted to remain in the referendum as a ‘better-the-devil-you-know’ scenario, I’ve never been pro-European. It was pretty clear to me that leaving would be tough.
He added that in parliament, he had “consistently voted to leave at the first opportunity.”
Except that first time during the referendum.
And then Guru-Murthy brought his point home:
You get to change your mind and you don’t want anyone else the chance to change their mind.
Bradley argued that a second referendum wouldn’t be “more fact-based or more straightforward…it’s not reality.”
“Because the same people who lied before would lie again?” the presenter prompted.
“Quite possibly so," the MP retorted.
This is the modern world we live in. this is the 21st century, if you want to get a story out there you can get it out there. The saying is, ‘the lie gets around the world before the truth is put on its shoes.’
So there you have it: a Brexiteer who got to change his mind but doesn’t want others to do the same as he fears the same misinformation that plagued the first referendum will plague the second.