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Lib Dems’ Nick Clegg has been referred to as out for an anti-Brexit thread – wherein he has been satirically reminded of a referendum leaflet he distributed practically 10 years in the past.

The former deputy Prime Minister and Lib Dem chief mentioned on X (previously Twitter) that he hopes, “for the country’s sake”, that Labour “succeed in restoring growth to the British economy” regardless of the get together ruling out rejoining the EU Customs Union.

But he was slammed by a journalist who reminded folks of Clegg’s former help of a Brexit referendum.

Clegg mentioned: “Ruling out even the option of joining the EU’s Customs Union, on the basis that “low growth, which has been at the heart of the economic problem in this country for 14 years, started well before Brexit”, is a peculiar rewriting of current historical past.

“The truth is the UK economy – pandemic aside – suffered two massive shocks in recent times: the 2008 financial crisis, in which the economy shrunk by a whopping six percent on Labour’s watch; and Brexit, which will reduce long-term GDP by around four percent, caused by the Conservatives.

“The Coalition Government of 2010-15 did an impressive job steadying the ship between these two calamitous events, and by 2012 the UK was the fastest-growing G7 economy.

“Labour likes to suggest that longer-term problems – especially weak productivity – all started in 2010 when they lost the election. But that’s also not true.

“Productivity slumped in 2008 and has barely recovered since, in common with many economies across Europe, a “productivity puzzle” which has left many economists scratching their heads.

“There’s a lot to like in Starmer and Reeves’ emphasis on economic stability and competent policy making. But sustainable growth will be much easier to come by if our open trading economy is able to trade more freely with our nearest neighbours – geographical proximity remains the biggest single determinant shaping how much countries trade with each other.

“Tinkering around the edges with the EU as currently proposed is not enough, if Labour are serious about growth, they need to be bold.”

Tom McTague, political editor at UnHerd and host of the These Times podcast, reposted Clegg’s X thread with no caption, solely an image of a marketing campaign leaflet from the previous Lib Dem chief.

It exhibits Clegg calling for a referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union and asking for folks to signal a petition.

The leaflet mentioned: “Labour don’t want the people to have their say. The Conservatives only support a limited referendum on the Lisbon Treaty. Why won’t they give the people a say in a real referendum?

“Not everything is perfect with Europe, but we believe our membership has been good for our country. It’s time to give the British people a real referendum on Britain’s membership in the European Union.”