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Clegg fury over EU defeat vote

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has warned Tory rebels who combined with Labour to inflict a damaging defeat on the coalition that they have "absolutely no hope" of achieving their goal of forcing the European Union (EU) to cut spending.

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Clegg: EU opt-out a 'false promise wrapped in a Union Jack'

The Deputy Prime Ministry Nick Clegg has described the idea of "repatriating" British powers from the EU as a "false promise wrapped in a Union Jack".

In a speech at Chatham House, he said he was in favour of EU reform but that the other EU members would not allow Britain to opt out of its duties while still enjoying the benefits:

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