Clegg happy to take on Farage in future EU debates

Nick Clegg during a recent radio debate on the future of Britain in the European Union
Nick Clegg during his recent radio debate with Nigel Farage on the future of Britain in the European Union Credit: PA Images

The Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has said he would face Nigel Farage in further debates about the European Union - despite the perception the Ukip leader won their previous confrontations.

As Ukip announced that it now had more than 36,000 members - 8,000 behind the Lib Dems - Mr Clegg attacked the party's eurosceptic stance and called on Labour and the Tories to counter Ukip's arugments, ahead of the elections for the European Parliament next month.

Mr Clegg said: "I would meet the Ukip leader in front of the cameras every day between now and polling day if I could. Prior to these debates, the case for in was largely absent from the public debate."

He added: "We want to work with others to deliver the firepower needed to challenge the Eurosceptic establishment. If Labour is still a pro-European party, it needs to come off the fence. Tory modernisers must risk the wrath of their backbenchers and speak out."

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