UKIP leader Nigel Farage has accepted a challenge from Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg to a public debate on the future relationship between the UK and Europe.

Speaking during he weekly radio show on LBC, Clegg said he was “very keen” to debate with Farage about the European Union (EU).

Farage said he was shocked at the invitation, but soon accepted. He went on to say that he would also like to include David Cameron and Ed Miliband in the debate, but would face Clegg head-to-head in a debate even if they declined as he expected.

The news of the upcoming debate, which will likely be televised, comes in the lead up the the European Parliament elections in May, where bookmaker William Hill has UKIP as favourites to win the most votes at the polls.

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