Lib Dem leader Vince Cable has denied calling Brexit supporters racist after suggesting that Leave voters wanted a world were "faces were white."
In a speech to the Lib Dem spring conference in Southport, Cable said “too many [Brexit voters] were driven by a nostalgia for a world where passports were blue, faces were white, and the map was coloured imperial pink."
However the Twickenham MP moved to clarify these comments in an interview with Radio 4's today programme after coming under fire from eurosceptics.
Cable said that "one element" of the pro-Brexit lobby was driven by fears about immigration, but his overarching point was that most Brexiteers were older people.
“I know it’s uncomfortable but the simple truth of the matter is the older generation – my generation – the majority voted Brexit, whereas for the younger generation – I’m talking under 25, but indeed a wider group, voted to remain.” he said.
Cable stood by his belief that many Brexiteers were motivated by nostalgia, but added that the main criticism he made during his conference speech was "of my own party.”
One of the most defiantly anti-Brexit politicians, Cable recently joined forces with Pimlico Plumbers entrepreneur Charlie Mullins in an unlikely alliance to stop Britain leaving the European Union.
His comments have led to clashes on talkRADIO with Julia Hartley-Brewer, who has accused him of ignoring the will of the British people.