Article 50 day: 'Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, and Nigel Farage have to deliver on their Brexit promises now' says Nick Clegg

Nick Clegg: 'People like Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, and Nigel Farage have to deliver campaign promises now' ahead of formal Article 50 triggering

The former Lib Dem leader insisted the promises needed to be kept ahead of the formal start to negotiations

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Nick Clegg has said key promises made by the Leave campaign have to be upheld now Britain is leaving the European Union.

Theresa May is to notify the EU of the UK's departure on Wednesday afternoon, having signed the notice yesterday. This will begin the two-year process of negotiating new deals and a new relationship with Brussels.

Clegg, the former leader of the Liberal Democrats and deputy prime minister, said: "The phony war now ends and the reality bites, because we have to negotiate with 27 other governments and parliaments, all with their own needs and priorities.

"From now on in, people like Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, and Nigel Farage, making all these promises and expectations of a utopia – they’ll have to deliver it."

Now the Lib Dems' spokesman on Europe, Clegg says he will be closely scrutinising the Government in the months ahead.

He told Paul: "My job regarding the British people is the expectations which have been raised, £350 million for the NHS, a cornucopia of new trade deals, the same benefits outside the single market than in – my job is to hold them to account."