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Brexiters used to like the idea a referendum on the terms of Brexit

Brexiters such as Jacob Rees-Mogg used to argue that there was plenty of merit to be had in a referendum on the exact terms of any Brexit deal.

This, for example, is what he said in 2011: “It might make more sense to have the second referendum after the renegotiation is completed”.

Then in 2012 David Davis also talked up the merits of a referendum on the exact terms of Brexit, with a ‘mandate referendum’ (on the principle of Brexit) to be followed by a ‘decision referendum’ once the details are sorted: “The purpose of this strategy is to maximise both the democratic legitimacy and the negotiating leverage to achieve our policy aims”.

John Redwood added his support to this approach: “This seems to me to be the best way forward”.

So I’m sure they’ll be lining up to sign one of those petitions for a referendum on the terms of Brexit any day now…

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