Sir Vince Cable, the leader of the Lib Dem, overshadowed his own conference speech by stumbling over his words during a key speech that was aimed to launch attacks on Brexit.
In a much-trailed line, the former Business Secretary was set to describe the vote to withdraw from the European Union as an “erotic spasm.”
However, the 75-year-old was not able to rise to the occasion at the Lib Dem conference that occurred in Brighton. He instead labelled Brexit as an “exotic spresum.”
The ridicule had been released to the media prior to the speech. It prompted some Lib Dems to dispute their leader for his use of sexual imagery. Meanwhile, Jo Swinson, the deputy leader of the party, said that “erotic spasm” were “not the words I would personally choose.”
A spokesperson for Sir Vince said that the leader did not back out of using the phrase. He explained: “He just misspoke – it happens to everyone.”
Sir Vince also expressed attacks on Conservative Brexiteers including Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, and Jacob Rees-Mogg. He also accused Jeremy Corbyn of letting down the voters in the heartlands of Labour by not supporting another referendum on the membership of the United Kingdom with the European Union.
He stated: “There is now a growing realisation that Brexit will be costly and painful: very costly and very painful if we crash out without a deal.”
He added: “The Brexit date may be 29th March , but it is only maybe.”
He concluded: “Brexit is not inevitable. It can and must be stopped.”
The speech will possibly be the last conference address of Sir Vince as the leader of the party. Earlier this month, he announced that he would be stepping down from his position prior to the next elections and when Brexit is either “resolved or stopped.”