The pair clashed while appearing on a live television debate after Mr Clarke, one of the most pro-EU members of the Conservative party, suggested Mr Farage was simply part of an “angry protest”.
The MP for Rushcliffe compared Ukip’s policies to that of other “simple” populist movements across Europe, such as Beppe Grillo’s Five Star Movement which played a starring role in the recent Italian referendum.
Speaking on Channel Four, Mr Clarke quashed recent suggestions of an EU implosion, saying: “The Italians are amongst the most pro-EU populations in Europe.
“The Italian vote was about lots of other things – they were protesting about the euro, which they blame for their economic problems.
“There is certainly a mood of angry protest throughout the Western world.
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