assert the opposite

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The OUT campaigners talk about sovereignty, the billions paid in contributions to the EU, the control of our borders and little else; whatever claims are made by the IN campaign they respond to with a knee-jerk reaction and then assert the opposite.
by one reviewer as looking like a Werther's Original granddad The value of Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats in our national life lies precisely in our ability to find out what they are saying on any issue, so that we may then confidently assert the opposite.
Shoemaker takes issue both with scholars who assert that men and women lived and worked in completely separate spheres and with those who assert the opposite, namely that women were intimately involved in the public activities of their husbands and fathers.