The Deputy Prime Minister, a supporter of continued EU membership, said he was “relishing” the chance to debate Ukip and Tory sceptics.
“I’m relishing the opportunity to make that patriotic case because I think the view represented by Ukip and large parts of the Conservative Party and Paul Sykes is a betrayal of the national interest and an unpatriotic approach,” Mr Clegg told a press conference in London.
Leaving the EU would “leave many people poorer, it would leave us more vulnerable, it would leave us weaker as a country and it would put many people out of work,” Mr Clegg said.
“I can’t possibly see why anyone thinks that that is something that in any way represents the long-term national interest.”
Let us at least do the Deputy Prime Minister the honour of taking him seriously here. That is, not reject this as just political boilerplate from someone previously a Eurocrat.
The point is that we in UKIP are precisely the people insisting that there is indeed a national interest, one that at times and in places will differ from what is the interest of all on the entire continent. And it is that very point, about the national interest, which leads us to reject rule by the bureaucrats of 28 nations in favour of rule by politicians elected from among our own. On the pure and simple basis that at least we can get rid of our own bastards if we should so wish.