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Clarke ends by urging the government to reject its own “silly amendments thrown out because they got a good article in the Daily Telegraph”.
Unusually, he gets a round of applause for his speech.
Clarke mocks the idea that MPs now think they have been instructed by the voters as to what they should do.
And he claims that, because no one on the leave side expected to win the referendum, they did not put any thought into what would happen if the UK did leave the EU.