U.K. party leaders clash in Europe debate

Deputy PM Nick Clegg and leader of UKIP clashed over issue of U.K. membership of the European Union.

U.K. party leaders clash in Europe debate

World Bulletin / News Desk

The U.K. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and the leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) clashed over Europe in a televised debate on Wednesday.

The debate hosted by the BBC saw Clegg, the leader of the Liberal Democrats go head-to-head with Nigel Farage on the issues of European Union membership, Ukraine, Syria and Lybia.

It was the second of a series of debates over the United Kingdom’s relationship and involvement with Europe. Farage’s UKIP wants the UK to leave the EU whilst Clegg is pro-Europe.

Clegg attacked Farage over reports he "admired" Putin, to which the UKIP leader responded by saying that he admired Putin only as an “operator” .

Clegg said that Putin could have ended the Syrian conflict with “ one phone call” but Farage claimed that British people were tired of being involved in foreign wars. He also said that the EU’s “expansionist” policy was the reason that Russia had reacted the way it did over Ukraine and claimed that the EU wanted its own air force and army.

“You were happy to go and bomb Libya,” said Farage who claimed Libya has had worse problems since the intervention which helped topple the regime of Muammar Gaddafi.

According to a snap YouGov poll, 68 percent of respondents said they thought Farage won the debate compared to 27 percent who thought Nick Clegg won the debate.

The European Parliament elections will be held in the UK on the 22 May.  

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