“The public have voted and I do think it’s seriously disrespectful and politically utterly counterproductive to say ‘Sorry, guys, you’ve got it wrong, we’re going to try again.’ I don’t think we can do that.”
That is a robust statement of democratic principles, denouncing the proposal for a second EU referendum. Who said it? It sounds like Nigel, batting them over the pavilion at one of his rallies. Is that who uttered those admirable sentiments in defence of the primacy of the electorate’s verdict at the ballot box?
Actually, no. It was Vince Cable, speaking at the Liberal Democrat party conference in September 2016 in opposition to Tim Farron’s policy of making the public vote again on Brexit, in the hope it would come up with the correct answer second time around.