Sir Vince Cable claimed the older generation were responsible for Britain’s decision to leave the European Union.
The leader of the Liberal Democrats argued the decision was “driven by nostalgia” as Brexit voters wanted a Britain where “faces were white”.
But Channel 5 presenter Lowri Turner called Sir Vince out, saying he was making “unfair assumptions” on British voters.
She said: “You are branding a huge number of people as either stupid, senile or racist.
“You can’t speak for them. You are making an assumption about people which is not fair.”
Sir Vince hit back, arguing he had merely wanted to start a conversation on the large generational divide surfaced during the Brexit referendum.
He said: “I made this phrase that everybody jumped on: “’That was the era when passports were blue, faces were white and maps were coloured imperial pink.’ Ok, I had a colourful metaphor.
“I don’t think they were stupid, senile or racist. I think one has to explain why it is that predominantly older people voted Leave and younger people voted Remain.”
Speaking on The Wright Stuff, the Lib Dem leader continued: “I started with a fact, not an opinion, that older people predominantly voted to leave while younger people voted to remain. One has to understand that why that happened.
“There are various theories about why it happened and my argument was that nostalgia played a part in it. Of
Sir Vince has been facing serious backlash for his comments, with Tory vice chairman James Cleverly tweeting: “Not liking brown faces? It certainly wasn’t the reason why I voted for Brexit.”
Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said: “Vince Cable so wrong and disrespectful. Should be trying to bring