The former Lib Dem leader tore into the Prime Minister’s plans for a ‘hard Brexit‘ during a Sky News interview.He said his beleaguered party would fight the move, claiming it would be “economically damaging and self-harming”.
And he insisted whatever deal Mrs May agrees with Brussels will be “inferior” to what Britain currently has as an EU member.
Mr Clegg, who was deputy PM between 2010 and 2015, used the interview to lay out the Lib Dems’ stance on Brexit.
He said: “Firstly, we will be the effective opposition leading the fight against the hard Brexit which Theresa May is pursuing.
“And secondly, we want to give the people the right to have another say on whether they agree with her final deal.”
SKY NEWS•PA Nick Clegg believes Theresa May should keep the UK in the single market
SKY NEWS The former deputy PM’s comments are are likely to anger Mrs May
His comments are are likely to anger Mrs May, who is desperate for the country to unite behind her Brexit plans.Earlier today, MPs overwhelmingly voted to back her plans to hold a General Election on June 8.
The Prime Minister hopes a decisive Tory victory will allow her to go to Brussels with a stronger negotiating hand.
PA The Prime Minister’s plan to hold a June election was backed today
Before the vote, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn mocked Mrs May for apparently fearing the Lib Dems over Brexit.He said: “She is painting herself as the prisoner of the Lib Dems who have apparently threatened to grind Government to a standstill.
“There are nine of them and they managed to vote three different ways on Article 50 so it’s obviously a very serious threat indeed.”
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