The former Liberal Democrat leader blasted Theresa May’s Brexit vision – claiming it was to the detriment of the next generation.
He took digs at the prime minister for “ignoring the people who matter the most” – adding the youth of Britain had been sidelined in her plans.
Nick Clegg said Brexit would be at the detriment to the younger generation
They are the ones who will have to live with the consequences
Speaking in the Commons, he raged at the Government for “disregarding” the 16.1 million Remain voters and at the same time dashing the aspirations of the younger voice.
He told MPs: “They have very deliberately decided to ignore the pleas, the dreams, the aspirations, the plans of the people who should actually count.
“Our children, our grandchildren, the youth of Britain, because they are the ones who will have to live with the consequences that I believe are fatal consciences, more than anybody in this House.”
The Liberal Democrat said it was within MP's conscience to vote against Article 50
Alluding to a Lord Ashcroft poll that showed 73 percent of young adults who voted in the historic referendum opted for Remain, Mr Clegg said many had chosen a “different future” than the one chosen my the prime minister.
The MP for Sheffield Hallam told MPs he believed it was “within their consciences” to vote against the will of the British people and vote against triggering Article 50.
“I know the vote of a 19-year-old does not weigh any different in a ballot box to the vote of a 90-year-old, but actually when we search our consciences, I believe we should [search for] what country we think we’re handing on to the next generation,” he said.
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“Call me old fashioned but when a country decides to go on a radical, uncompromising adventure to a new and as yet an entirely unpredicted future – and does so against the explicitly stated wishes of those people who have to inhabit that future – that is a country embarking on a perilous path.”
The Remain MP said the Government's Brexit vision was "impossible"
As MPs begin a two-day debate on Britain’s divorce from Brussels, Mr Clegg used the opportunity to once again demanded a second referendum on the Brexit terms once negotiations were complete.
He told the House of Commons the Government’s decision to quit the EU’s single market – but still, have access – was unfeasible.
“The Government’s mission is asking for the impossible, undeliverable, most especially it is not possible to say you will not abide by the rulings of the market place and somehow get unfettered access to that market place,” he said.
“It is not going to happen, many European leaders look at us in increasing dismay and disbelief at the incoherence and the confrontational in which this Government is proceeding.”