Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg

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While Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has backed Prime Minister David Cameron’s call for an increase in the EU budget to be restricted to the rate of inflation, he described opponents of Britain’s membership of the EU as “insular,” “chauvinistic” and “short-sighted” at a private dinner for business leaders at the Liberal Democrat conference in Brighton in September.