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Cable denies calling Brexit voters racist

LIBERAL Democrats leader Vince Cable denied yesterday that he suggested Brexit supporters are racist.

The Twickenham MP faced criticism after telling his party’s spring conference that too many of those who voted for Brexit were “driven by a nostalgia for a world where passports were blue, faces were white, and the map was coloured imperial pink.”

His comments were attacked as “unfair” and people urged Mr Cable to apologise.

Mr Cable denied he had indicated that Brexit voters were racist, telling BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I didn’t suggest that at all.”

But he insisted that “nostalgia for that world” was a factor in how people had voted.

“One of the factors was indeed nostalgia,” he said. “Why else has so much fuss been made about the change in the colour of the passport?”

Mr Cable was business minister in the Conservative-Lib Dem coalition that aggressively pursued austerity policies which may have fueled the Leave vote.


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