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Europe exit would kill the UK, Nick Clegg set to warn

By David Hughes

Published 21/09/2015

Nick Clegg
Nick Clegg

A vote to leave the European Union would risk tearing the UK apart, Nick Clegg will warn today in a return to frontline politics.

The former deputy prime minister will use a speech at the Liberal Democrat conference to warn that a Brexit would trigger another Scottish independence vote, which could lead to the breaking up of the UK.

He will also urge Labour, which has been unclear on the issue, to fight to stay in the EU.

Mr Clegg, who quit as leader after his party's disastrous showing at the last election, will say: "The stakes could not be higher: not just one, but two, unions now hang in the balance.

"If we vote to leave the EU, I have no doubt that the SNP will grab the opportunity to persuade Scotland to leave the UK.

"What kind of country do we want to be, open or closed? Leading in our own backyard or isolated from our neighbours?

"And I say to Jeremy Corbyn: the EU referendum is simply too important for ambivalence."

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