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‘TRAITOR!’ BBC host reads Clegg DEVASTATING criticism as he discusses how to stop Brexit


Nick Clegg faced a brutal grilling by BBC Radio 5 Live listeners after he insisted that Brexiteers fell for the Leave campaign’s “downright lies” and did not know what the

role of the European Union was. The criticism follows a heated exchange between Mr Clegg and the BBC’s John Humphrey’s, who told Mr Clegg not to dismiss Brexit

voters as “thick”. But the ex-politician’s most recent radio appearance welcomed a mix of criticism and support. BBC Radio 5 host Emma Barnett said: “I’m getting some texts in here, some support and some against. But some saying you’re talking

down the UK – ’You’re a traitor. You’re an enemy of the people’ – That’s actually a text I’ve just received.” Mr Clegg denied the claims and said: “Listen, you have people that will sort of splenetically shout down anyone who tries to say something

that I think will be relatively uncontroversial, because if you win a referendum on a lot of exaggerations, half-truths, downright lies, one day the truth will catch up on you.” Mr Clegg continued to slam the Leave campaign. He said: “The people voted

for Brexit on a bunch of promises. Brexit is not just a six-letter word. It’s a word which means something. “If the Government goes against what they promised to the British people then why should the British people be expected to sort of lump it. “If

this great utopia does not materialise and, in my view, it clearly is not materialising.” The fifth round of Brexit talks began again on Monday, with citizens’ rights, the divorce bill and “other separation issues” on the agenda to be discussed. But the

European Commission insisted that Britain are responsible for making progress in Brexit negotiations in order to ensure the opening of trade talks with the European

Union on the future relationship. EU officials have made clear that there can be no

discussion of the future partnership until an agreement has been reached on the key divorce issues – including citizens’ rights, the Northern Ireland border and the financial settlement. Brexit trade talks are expected to begin in December after MEPs

approved a resolution to postpone trade talks because there had not been “sufficient progress” in Brexit negotiations.