Nigel Farage and Nick Clegg will face each other in a live media debate over the UK’s membership of the European Union – twice.

They will kick off with an hour long radio debate on LBC Radio at 7 pm on Wednesday 26th March and hosted by the station’s Nick Ferrari in front of a live studio audience in London.

The second will be live in front of a selected audience on BBC2 at 7 pm on Wednesday 2nd April, which will be chaired by the Question Time host, David Dimbleby.

The UKIP leader, Nigel Farage, said: “For the first time in 39 years the British people will hear a proper, open debate on the UK’s membership of the European Union.

For too long the arguments have been spun or concealed while the UK has walked blindly towards a situation where 75 per cent of our laws are made by unaccountable Eurocrats.

Nobody in Britain has ever voted to be part of anything other than a trading bloc. I am going to show the British people that not only will we survive outside the EU, we will thrive.

It’s time to leave the European Union and embrace the world.”

Berlaymont Building by Sebastien Bertrand

Berlaymont Building by Sebastien Bertrand

The LibDem leader, Nick Clegg, said:

I challenged Nigel Farage to a debate because I wanted the British people to see that there is a very real choice at the upcoming European elections: between the Liberal Democrats as the party of IN and UKIP as the party of OUT.

I am delighted that it has been confirmed that these debates will now definitely happen.

I'm relishing the prospect of talking about how the Liberal Democrats are fighting to keep Britain IN Europe to protect British jobs while UKIP want to yank us OUT and threaten our recovery.

I hope the voters will enjoy what I am sure will be a lively contest.

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