The fierce put-down took place on Sky this morning when Ms Ridge lambasted the MP for Birmingham Yardley for not “respecting” the votes of her constituents. Ms Ridge blasted: “In your constituency, all four wards voted to leave the EU. And you support a second referendum.” Hesitantly, Ms Ridge replied: “Nobody who voted leave here has a massive go at me.
“I mean, you get the odd one who’ll send you angry…”
But the Sky presenter pressed: “But don’t they want you to respect their vote, though, and to carry it out?”
Her guest awkwardly answered: “Well, if they do, that’s not what they’re saying to me.
“They trust me to try and do the best thing for them.
“Not all of them but no constituency is full of people who universally support their MP.
“My constituents don’t all think the same thing.
“They didn’t all vote leave because they hate immigrants – lots of them are immigrants.
“They didn’t all vote leave because they wanted to take back control.
“They didn’t all vote leave because they hated the customs union.
“The vast majority of people voted leave because they wanted to show the system that they weren’t happy, and who can blame them?
“Lots of them may well disagree with me and that is democracy.
“And if they disagree with me they don’t have to vote for me.
“And I may lose my job but frankly their jobs are more important.”
He explained: “I don’t think the EU, in its jargon, has behaved towards us with sincere co-operation.
“I don’t think sincere co-operation could possibly include trying to break up the unity of a member state when it leaves the EU, and therefore I think we are no longer obliged to follow sincere co-operation in return.
“When the multi-annual financial framework comes forward, if we are still in, this is our one-in-seven year opportunity to veto the budget and to be really very difficult, and I hope that any British prime minister would take that opportunity.”