Cambridge University economic fellow Dr Victoria Bateman, otherwise known as the ‘naked economist’, appeared on ITV this morning with just the words ‘Brexit leaves Britain naked’ written across her chest.
She made headlines last week when she stunned BBC Radio 4’s John Humphrys by taking off her clothes during an interview.
She told presenters Kate Garraway and Richard Madeley: “As an economist I’m used to using words and equations to make an argument.
“In the run up to referendum I must have penned thousands of words on why Brexit would be bad for Britain. I’m effected much more by visuals than words alone. The power of film, TV, fashion.
“I thought I would condense down all those thousands of words into a simple, single message that Brexit leaves Britain naked.”
She was joined by Henry Newman, Director of Open Europe, who called the stunt “embarrassing” and said: “I don’t think it’s actually advancing the argument”.
But Dr Bateman said: “I am a woman comfortable in my own body, in control of my body, who is happy to use my body in order to deliver an important message about the most important issue facing Britain in a whole generation, to raise concerns about this entire Brexit project.
“Why as a woman should I only be able to use my body for sex and babies, why shouldn’t I also use my body to deliver an important message.”
She added: “The key message that I have to deliver is that Brexit is the emperor’s new clothes, that what high profile Brexiteers promised Brexit voters is just not possible to deliver.
“The British economy faces many, many problems right now, shortage of housing, problems with the NHS, wages stagnating, too many people up and down the country using food banks but the European Union is not the cause of those problems so how is it going to help us.
“How is Brexit going to help us solve those problems that are at the heart of our daily struggles up and down the country?”
She also once again raised the proposition of a naked debate with Mr Rees-Mogg with Madeley suggesting, as a “gentleman”, the arch-Brexiteer should agree to take part.