BBC Radio 4’s best-known host was left stunned after a woman identified as Victoria Bateman took off her clothes to reveal the word ‘ Brexit leaves Britain naked’ across her chest on the Today programme.
She even challenged Tory Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg to a naked debate – leaving 75-year-old host John Humphrys perplexed.
“Yes, and you are now naked,” he said. “Why do you feel the need to take your clothes off? Isn’t it just exhibitionism?”
Mr Humphrys repeatedly questioned the economics fellow – whose naked Brexit talk (Warning: nudity in link) went viral this week – on why she couldn’t make her point with her clothes on.
But she said it showed leaving the EU is like the “emperor’s new clothes”.
She told the BBC: “I have myself written thousands of words looking at why Brexit is bad for Britain.
“But I thought it would be useful to reduce all of those words down, condense all of those words down to one powerful message.
“Brexit is the emperor’s new clothes – Britain has sold itself a project that cannot possibly deliver on what it promised.”
She added: “I invite Jacob Rees-Mogg to do a naked debate with me and we will get to the roots of this issue.
“Britain faces many, many problems right now from housing to the NHS, and the European Union is not the cause of those problems.”
Asked if she is simply an “exhibitionist”, Dr Bateman said: “I am completely comfortable with my own body, I view women’s bodies as one of the big battlegrounds that we face today.
“And actually by engaging with society about women’s bodies, one of the things it shows is the way in which people are quick to judge women purely based on their bodies.
“For thousands of years men have controlled what women can do with their bodies, and women’s bodies have been seen as something purely existing for sex and for babies.