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Nick Clegg to take on Nigel Farage in live BBC Two debate

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Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage have signed up for a live TV debate on BBC Two.

The hour-long discussion will be broadcast on BBC Two on Wednesday, April 2 from 7pm.

Nick Clegg with David Cameron, August 2012

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Nick Clegg

Nigel Farage

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Nigel Farage


David Dimbleby will host the debate, which will be focused on Britain's future in Europe.

Clegg's Liberal Democrats are the most pro-EU party at Westminster, while Farage's UKIP campaigns for Britain to leave the EU.

Farage accepted Nick Clegg's invite for a televised "open debate" on the UK's standing in the EU last month.

The debate will be broadcast in front of an audience "selected by a reputable polling organisation to be demographically representative and with an equal number of people for and against British membership of the EU", the BBC stated.

Questions will come from audience members at the BBC studio.

BBC News and Current Affairs director James Harding said of the plans: "We are delighted to have negotiated successfully to broadcast this important debate. Europe is always a highly charged issue in British politics and this is a fantastic opportunity to test the arguments."

'Question Time' host David Dimbleby

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David Dimbleby will chair the debate


Nick Clegg first called for the debate between himself and Nigel Farage on his weekly phone-in programme on LBC radio, which will also broadcast a head-to-head between the party leaders.

He said: "I will challenge Nigel Farage to a public, open debate about whether we should be in or out of the EU, because that is now the choice facing this country and he is the leader of the party of 'out'; I am the leader of the party of 'in'.

"I think it's time we now have a proper, public debate so that the public can listen to the two sides of the argument and judge for themselves."

Downing Street has confirmed that David Cameron will not be taking part in the debate between Farage and Clegg.

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