Nick Clegg v Nigel Farage debate on UK and the EU

Key points

  • Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg and UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage went head-to-head in hour-long debate
  • The two men debated whether the UK should be in or out of the EU - clashing over immigration and extradition laws
  • There were also disputes over the numbers of jobs in the UK which depend on membership of the UK

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  • Alex Hunt 
  • Edwin Lowther 
  • Chris Davies 
  • Ravin Sampat 
  • Lorna Hankin 

Last updated 26 March 2014


That brings an end to our rolling coverage of tonight's debate. Coverage of the post-debate reaction continues across the BBC. Thanks for joining us and hope you'll be tuning in next Wednesday at 19:00 GMT for the rematch, when Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage go head-to-head in a debate hosted by the BBC.


"They couldn't bear to look at each other, eyes fixed firmly on the studio audience or TV cameras." Read BBC political correspondent Eleanor Garnier's verdict.

TWEET 21:16

Norman Smith, Chief political correspondent, BBC News Channel

tweets: Labour voters split over #lbcdebate . 51% think Nick Clegg won. 42% think Nigel Farage won

TWEET 21:14

Nadine Dorries, Conservative MP

tweets: After tonight, it will be impossible for the three party leaders to exclude Farage from the televised GE leadership debates


Louise Mensch, Former Conservative MP

tweets: So I got my wish! They both lost. #CleggFail #FarageFail #CleggvFarage #LBCDebate


So what did the two contenders think about the debate? Deputy PM and Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg said: "I enjoyed it very much... I'll let other people judge." Nigel Farage said he enjoyed it too - "it was great- we were actually having an opportunity to discuss things that those of us in the eurosceptic movement have cared very much about for decades".

TWEET 21:05

Michael White, The Guardian

tweets: #LBCdebate Interesting to see if Nigel Farage's throwaway,pro-Putin line on Ukraine ("blood on EU hands") will be the slow burn issue

TWEET 21:04

Lib Dem MEP Ed McMillan-Scott

tweets: Having just been at #Obama's brilliant Brussels speech on Ukraine, I deplore Farage's 'blood on the EU's hands' comment on #LBCdebate

TWEET 21:02

Nick Smith, London, UK

tweets: The EU cant even agree on what to do about Russia with possible sanctions, Europe will never be united on anything. #CleggvFarage


The Daily Mail's Andrew Pierce says on Sky News that the pressure will be on David Cameron to include Nigel Farage in the general election leaders debates after this.