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Clegg: Liam Fox's view of trade outside EU is 'fantasy'

Liam Fox's insistence that Britain can maintain free trade with the European Union post-Brexit is a "work of fantasy", Nick Clegg has said.

The former deputy prime minister warned that instead businesses would face a "deluge of bureaucracy and paperwork".

International Trade Secretary Dr Fox had said that trade with the EU can be "at least as free" as it is now, and that the UK would work with the World Trade Organisation on "taking an axe to red tape across borders".

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Clegg slams Boris' Trump-like 'bluster and bravado'

Boris Johnson is behaving like Donald Trump with his use of "bluster and bravado" to ignore the truth about Brexit, Nick Clegg has warned.

The former deputy prime minister said Brexit leaders are trying to "distort their way to victory", and warned Britain faces "mass economic hardship" if it votes to leave the European Union.

Mr Clegg accused Mr Johnson, Michael Gove and Nigel Farage of being "careless elitists" putting their goals ahead of people's livelihoods.

"This debate is just too important for it to be decided by Boris acting like Donald Trump with a thesaurus," he said.

"Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, Nigel Farage and the rest might be happy to treat this campaign as if they're in an Oxford debating society, using every trick in the book to try and distract and distort their way to history.

"Boris Johnson and Michael Gove are probably the only people who think their job prospects might actually improve if we leave the EU."

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