The former deputy prime minister was mocked moments after he claimed Britain’s youth were being “betrayed” by the Government as it forges ahead with plans to quit the European Union.
He argued the “people who matter the most” were being ignored during the start of a two-day debate on the Article 50 Bill.
But, as he finished his desperate 10-minute speech to ignore the will of the British people, the Liberal Democrat was reminded of a campaign promise he failed to keep during his time in the coalition.
Cheryl Gillan slapped down Nick Clegg as she reminded him of his broken tuition fee promise
I remind him there was once a mandate that a politician stood on saying ‘no tuition fees’
Cheryl Gillan MP
In 2012, the then Deputy Prime Minister was forced to issue a grovelling apology for failing to keep his promise and oppose hikes in university fees.
Hoping the broken pledge would go unnoticed, Mr Clegg was quickly pulled-up on the glaring issue by a Conservative MP.
Speaking after the Lib Dem in the House of Commons on Tuesday, Cheryl Gillan was quick to slap him down in front of fellow politicians.
Cheryl Gillan slapped down Nick Clegg during a debate on the Article 50 Bill
The MP for Chesham and Amersham said: “I rise proudly on this side on this of the house, where I remind him that our mandate of ‘Brexit means Brexit’ is mandate we’re standing by.
“I remind him there was once a mandate that a politician stood on saying ‘no tuition fees’”.
The epic put-down was appreciated by some MPs inside in the Chamber, who were heard responding “Here Here!”
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Nick Clegg claimed Brexit was a "betrayal" to Britain's youth
The betrayal of tuition fees has dogged Mr Clegg over recent years – with the Liberal Democrats losing 49 of their 57 seats at the last General Election.
The former care minister Norman Lamb conceded the cull of Lib Dems from the Commons was down to the broken promise.
Speaking in 2015, he said: “Trust for me is critically important and that debacle massively undermined people’s trust in the party.
“I believe very strongly that we have now learned a massive lesson, an extremely painful one. But I don’t think we will ever make that mistake again.”
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Politicians have been debating whether to hand Theresa May the power to being EU divorce talks in a two-day debate on the Article 50 Bill.
Brexit Secretary David Davis challenged MPs on whether they “trust the people or not” as he kicked off talks on the second reading of the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill.
Beginning the proceedings, Mr Davis said: “It is not a Bill about whether or not the UK should leave the EU, or indeed how it should do so."
“It is simply about Parliament empowering the Government to implement a decision already made, a point of no return already passed," he said.
“We asked the people of the UK if they wanted to leave the EU; they decided they did.
"So at the core of this Bill lies a very simple question: do we trust the people or not?"