Nick Clegg: Leaving the EU would damage tolerance and understanding for LGBT people
Nick Clegg has warned that the LGBT community would be much better of if the UK remains inside the European Union ahead of a referendum on Thursday to leave or remain.
The British public will take to the polls on Thursday 23 June to cast a vote to either leave or remain in the EU.
The former Liberal Democrat leader caught up with PinkNews at a Pride in London dinner at which he was speaking.
On why LGBT voters might vote to remain, he told PinkNews: “For the values of internationalism, of togetherness, of doing things together with our nearest neighbours in Europe. And against the politics of isolation, of division, of inwardness, which I think is represented by and would ensue from a vote to leave the European Union.
“The European Union is deeply imperfect but actually in many ways in embodies a really important principle, which is that we generally in life, and certainly in very insecure times, are safer and stronger and more compassionate, one towards the other, by doing things together rather than pulling apart.
He added that LGBT voters would be better off if the UK remains in the EU, telling PinkNews: “I think the whole climate of tolerance and of reaching out and understanding one another would be damaged by a lurch towards isolation. Just imagine what would happen… the United Kingdom would almost certainly fall apart… ”
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