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Clegg challenges Farage to debate

Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has challenged UKIP Leader Nigel Farage to a head-to-head debate on Britain’s membership of the European Union.

Nick Clegg made the challenge live on air during his weekly radio call-in show Call Clegg on LBC this morning.

The real question at stake in this May’s European elections is: should Britain be in our out of the European Union? The Liberal Democrats are the party of IN – the only party prepared to unambiguously make the case that Britain is better off in the EU. UKIP are the party of OUT, with leaving the EU as their defining policy.

Speaking in response to a question from host Nick Ferrari on Call Clegg this morning, Nick Clegg said:

“I’ll tell you what I’ll do. I will challenge Nigel Farage to a public, open debate about whether we should be in or out of the European Union. That’s the choice facing the British people.

“He is the leader of the party of OUT, I am the leader of the party of IN. It’s time for a proper public debate so that the public can listen to the arguments and decide for themselves.”


Nigel Farage is yet to respond to Nick Clegg’s challenge and the terms and arrangements for any debate would have to be agreed by both sides.