The defeated MP explained that if the Conservatives “get their way” then there is “zero chance” that a soft Brexit is possible that could leave the UK in the single market and customs union.
He said: “If the Government gets its way there is basically zero chance because something quite significant has happened in the past few days in the UK.
“This week we have seen, in effect, the death of soft Brexit.
“It is quite clear that every time Theresa May is put under pressure she basically buckles and it’s basically been the history of the Conservative Party pretty much for the last 20 years that the zealots who don’t represent the mainstream of British public opinion at all tend to get their way.”
The former Liberal Democrat leader went on to declare that the stance from the Prime Minister means that there will either be a “damaging Brexit” or “no Brexit at all” as he attempted to dismay MPs for voting for a deal in favour of the UK leaving the bitter bloc.
He also told Politico: “I don’t think the choice anymore is between like a more cuddly version of Brexit compared to a nastier one or you know a soft one versus a hard one.
“The choice at the end of the day which is what will face MPs towards the end of this year is really now between a damaging Brexit, in fact an exceptionally damaging Brexit or no Brexit at all.”
Mr Clegg admitted that he hoped MPs voted against the Government deal that would fail to deliver on the promises of Brexit that were delivered to the British public.
He stated: “I hope they will because I don’t think MPs should feel remotely duty bound to vote for this pig in a poke.
“The British people were promised a utopia, they were promised that effortlessly the United Kingdom would just at the click of its fingers get a whole bevy of new trade deals with countries outside the European Union which would more than make up for any lost trade with our largest trading partners in our own hemisphere.
“They were promised more money for the NHS every week, cuts in direct taxes, cuts in class sizes, even lower pharmaceutical prescription charges. I mean this is for real, this is what people were told they would get voting for Brexit.
“So I think when it becomes obvious, as it already has that the British people are not going to get any, I mean literally none of that great long list of beguiling promises they were made by the Brexiteers.”
However, the Remoaner continued to lobby against a hard Brexit that would see the UK rid itself from the clutches of meddling MEPs.
He declared that the UK should remain a part of the single market and customs union because it is the “economically rational thing to do”.
The defeated MP went on: “There was a sort of residual hope amongst more moderate, reasonable folk in the Conservative Party and elsewhere that maybe in the end Theresa May would uncharacteristically pluck up the courage to face down the angry mob on her right wing and to seek to do what is self-evidently and economically the rational thing to do which is just to try and preserve as much as you can, the high level of British participation in the EU single market and customs union.”