David Cameron: Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage are both ‘extremists’
The Prime Minister insisted both men were ‘wrong’ on the EU, and that he hadn’t been backing either in their televised debate
David Cameron has described both his deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, and Ukip leader Nigel Farage as “extremists” in the wake of their televised debate.
The pair clashed on a more personal level last night in comparison to an earlier debate on LBC radio, but the discussions still focussed on the issue of Britain's involvement in the EU.
But speaking on BBC Breakfast this morning, the Prime Minister said that "they're both wrong" when it comes to Europe.
Mr Clegg, the Lib Dem leader, sits at Mr Cameron's right hand when they appear in Parliament - yet asked whether "his man" had won, the Prime Minister said: "I didn't have a dog in the fight, as it were."
"The problem with this debate is that both of the people taking part actually have quite extreme views," Mr Cameron said.
"Nick thinks there's nothing wrong with Europe and we shouldn't have a referendum, and Nigel thinks there's nothing right with Europe and we should just get out and leave.
Nigel Farage and Nick Clegg after their EU debate "They're both wrong."
Two snap opinion polls taken in the aftermath of last night's debate showed viewers felt Ukip's Mr Farage had the best of the exchanges.
In a more highly-charged debate than their first clash, Mr Clegg showed more passion while Mr Farage appeared more composed than in last week's showdown.
However, the Ukip leader warned dramatically that the EU could break up amid violence on the streets if member states "trapped" in the eurozone did not decide to leave democratically.
The pair, pictured here in the first debate on LBC radio, come from opposite 'extreme' ends of the EU row, Mr Cameron said "I want it [the EU] to end democratically. I am afraid it will end very unpleasantly," Mr Farage said. He pointed to a rise in support for a neo-Nazi party in Greece and violence in Madrid and Athens. "If you take away from people their ability through the ballot box to change, because they have given away control of everything to someone else, then I am afraid they tend to resort to other means," he said. He appealed to voters to "join the people's army" and "topple the establishment."
But in reference to Mr Farage's recent controversial comments stating that he admires the Russian President as a "formidable operator", Mr Clegg responded that: "Nigel Farage doesn't want to work with the Americans, to work with the EU, he only wants to work with Vladimir Putin."
Mr Clegg accused Ukip of trying to "turn the clock back" to the 19th century, citing its opposition to gay marriage, women's rights and action to tackle climate change. The Deputy Prime Minister said he believed and loved modern Britain as it is today, rejecting Ukip's "dangerous fantasies about a world that no longer exists."
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