ANDREW NEIL berated Nick Clegg after the Remainer claimed voters weren’t offered a “clear” choice on whether they would remain in the single market after Brexit.
The veteran BBC host reminded the former Liberal Democrat leader of the moment he told voters Brexit means Britain will be forced out of the bloc’s free trade area.
Debating on the BBC’s Daily Politics, Neil replayed a clip of Mr Clegg making the claim at another live debate.
Speaking in May 2016 at an Intelligence Squared event, Mr Clegg said: “To be fair, the Brexit campaign have come clean now and said we dislike it so much, we want to tear up Margaret Thatcher’s Single Europe Act – we don’t want to have anything to do with the single market.
“I think that is a devastatingly self-harming thing to do economically and I wouldn’t want it on my conscious.”
Back in the studio, Neil grilled the MP for Sheffield Hallam on the comments he had made last year.
He said: “Even you were clear, you said they’d made it clear that they want to tear up the single market arrangement.”
Mr Clegg replied, urging the host not to use comments made by EU referendum rivals close to the end of the campaign.
“The problem is, you are taking a number of statements from politicians on rival points of the debate,” he said.
“I think describing that as an open proposition to the British people in the most important referendum of our lifetime…
“What I was reacting to was under pressure at interviews some Brexiteers, not all of them were saying they felt this means we leave the single market.
“The British people never had a clear proposition put to them as one, on a cross-party basis, by the Brexit campaign.
“By the way, invoking what David Cameron and George Osborne said is the oddest thing of all because you’re having the winning side of a referendum quoting the words of the losing side of a referendum for what themselves were not clear about.”