Nick Clegg Says He Won't Work With Gordon Brown

06/26/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Nick Clegg, leader of the British Liberal Democrats, has announced that he would be willing to join forces with current party of power Labour in the upcoming UK election - as long as Gordon Brown steps down as Prime Minister.

The news comes after polls showed that none of the three British parties are likely to gain an overall majority in upcoming parliamentary elections. Without a clear majority, the party of government would be unable to pass legislation alone - resulting in a 'hung parliament.'

The situation puts Clegg in an unusual position of power. As the third largest party in parliament, they are unlikely to gain enough seats to take up the position of government, but their approval will be vital for whomever takes office.

During a visit to Lady Haig's Poppy Factory in Edinburgh, Clegg responded to recent polls that show Labour placing third in the popular vote: "I think, if Labour do come third in terms of the number of votes cast, then people would find it inexplicable that Gordon Brown himself could carry on as Prime Minister, which is what the old convention would dictate."

He added: "As for who I'd work with, I've been very clear -- much clearer than David Cameron and Gordon Brown -- that I will work with anyone, I will work with a man from the Moon, I don't care, with anyone who can deliver the greater fairness that I think people want."

"I don't think Gordon Brown - and I've got nothing personal about him - I just don't think the British people would accept that he could carry on as Prime Minister, which is what the convention of old politics dictates when, or rather if, he were to lose the election in such spectacular style."

Clegg is believed to favor working with Labour over the rival Conservative party, due to Labour's willingness to consider electoral reform.

The UK currently operates under a "first-past-the-post" parliamentary system. One of the quirks of the system is the sometimes huge difference between percentage of the popular vote and number of parliamentary seats they receive.

The Liberal Democrats have long fought against the system that many feel squeezes out smaller parties from mainstream British politics, instead hoping for a system of proportional representation.

Now, thanks to Nick Clegg and Cleggmania, British politics may be changing forever.

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