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This is the NUDES! John Humphrys has shock of his life on Today show as anti-Brexit economist strips off in Radio 4 studio - then challenges Jacob Rees-Mogg to have naked debate with her

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© Getty John Humphrys was given the shock of his life this morning after he interviewed a Cambridge University economist who stripped naked in the Radio 4 studio.

Dr Victoria Bateman, a fellow in economics at Gonville and Caius College, who regularly delivers lectures in the nude, surprised the veteran host when she disrobed and then challenged Jacob Rees-Mogg to a Brexit debate without any clothes on.

Humphrys, who said, startled, 'oh, I see you're naked', told listeners that Dr Bateman had the words 'Brexit Leaves Britain Naked' painted across her body.  

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Listeners claimed he clearly struggled on air while interviewing the married Dr Bateman who described Brexit as Britain's 'Emperor's New Clothes' moment.  

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During the terse five-minute interview, Humphrys accused the academic of undermining her argument by not wearing clothes as well as offending the sensibilities of the vast majority of the British public. 

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Dr Bateman made the appearance following an exchange on Twitter with Piers Morgan after she uploaded a video discussing women's freedom and rights across the world. 

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Morgan retweeted her video where she spoke about women's rights while completely nude and called her 'ridiculous'. 

A source at the BBC said her appearance came following her response to negative comments telling her to cover up, and because he lecture on Brexit has caused such a stir. 

Commenting on the slogan across her body Dr Bateman said: 'It carries three important messages, and the first is that Brexit leaves Britain’s economy exposed. 

'The second is that Brexit has served to reveal some anti-immigrant sentiments of a kind that we should be very much worried about as a society, and finally, Brexit exposes past government failures. Government failures that left many people feeling they have nothing to lose from Brexit because they have nothing at all.’

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Humphrys said those arguments have been made repeatedly by people wearing clothes and why Dr Bateman felt the need to remove hers.

She replied: '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 what it promises.

‘Everytime we open our mouths to speak we are inviting people to listen to our views to listen to our opinions. I am completely comfortable with my own body. I view women’s bodies as one of the big battlegrounds we face today, and by engaging with society about women’s bodies, one of the things that shows is the way in which people are quick to judge women solely based on their bodies.'

Humphrys replied: 'Do you think in 2019 that women are judged on their bodies?’

She said: 'I do. All you have to do is look at the online response to a two-minute section of my naked lecture that I posted online in the last couple of days and you will see people firing back with comments of the kind “this woman is trashy because she has got her body on show” or “this woman is stupid”.

a screenshot of a cell phone: Dr Bateman posted a photograph of her clothes ahead of this morning's interview © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Dr Bateman posted a photograph of her clothes ahead of this morning's interview

Humphrys suggested that society acted with a ‘degree of modesty’.

Dr Bateman told Humphrys: ‘If we did respect that we’d still be living in days when women were covered from head-to-toe. Look at the suffragettes, they made some of the first moves to reveal their ankles and reveal their knees. So if we can dress who we want – and that includes in a state of undress that I am in today – why not?’

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Dr Victoria Bateman 

The British feminist economist and academic has become known for her unorthodox way of campaigning against Brexit.

Lecturing in the nude, the academic divides opinions online, with some claiming her nudity undermines her approach.

In her show, 'Brexit: The Naked Truth', Dr Bateman performed naked on a stage with the words 'Brexit leaves Britain naked' written across her body. 

Dr Bateman, who has researched the development of the European economy, previously posed naked for a portrait by artist, Anthony Connolly.

The nude painting went on display as part of a Royal Society of Portrait Painters’ exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London in 2015. 

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Dr Bateman asked whether society viewed women’s bodies as shameful.

She continued: ‘For thousands of years, men have controlled what women can do with their bodies. Women’s bodies have been seen purely as things for sex and babies.

‘What is wrong with a modern day woman taking control of her body and using it to give voice to what is the most pressing political subject in Britain right now?’

‘I am doing this for the words written on my body. Brexit leaves Britain naked.'

Jacob Rees-Mogg in Westminster, London. (Photo by Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images) © Dr Victoria Bateman has challenged Jacob Rees-Mogg to a naked debate Jacob Rees-Mogg in Westminster, London. (Photo by Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images)

At the end of the testy interview, Dr Bateman challenged a senior member of the European Research Group to discuss Britain's EU exit with her.  

She added: 'I invite Jacob Rees Mogg to do a naked debate with me and we will get to the roots of this issue. The issue that Britain faces many, many problems right now from housing to the NHS and the European Union is not the cause of those problems.'

a screenshot of a cell phone: Many listeners were scathing about the way John Humphrys handled this morning's interview © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Many listeners were scathing about the way John Humphrys handled this morning's interview

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Dr Victoria Bateman's BBC Radio 4 Today programme naked interview

Dr Victoria Bateman is a fellow at Economics at Cambridge University. She delivers lectures on the harm she says that leaving the EU will have on the British economy. What makes her a little different, perhaps, is that she does so naked.

Dr Bateman appeared in the studio this morning with a message ‘Brexit leaves Britain naked’ across her body.

Host, John Humphrys confirmed to the audience that Dr Bateman was naked.

Dr Bateman said: ‘It carries three important messages, and the first is that Brexit leaves Britain’s economy exposed. The second is that Brexit has served to reveal some anti-immigrant sentiments of a kind that we should be very much worried about as a society, and finally, Brexit exposes past government failures. Government failures that left many people feeling they have nothing to lose from Brexit because they have nothing at all.’

Humphrys said those arguments have been made repeatedly by people wearing closes and why Dr Bateman felt the need to remove hers.

‘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 what it promises.

‘Everytime we open our mouths to speak we are inviting people to listen to our views to listen to our opinions. I am completely comfortable with my own body. I view women’s bodies as one of the big battlegrounds we face today, and by engaging with society about women’s bodies, one of the things that shows is the way in which people are quick to judge women solely based on their bodies.’

Humphrys replied: ‘Do you think in 2019 that women are judged on their bodies?’

‘I do. All you have to do is look at the online response to a two-minute section of my naked lecture that I posted online in the last couple of days and you will see people firing back with comments of the kind “this woman is trashy because she has got her body on show” or “this woman is stupid”.

Humphrys suggested that society acted with a ‘degree of modesty’.

‘If we did respect that we’d still be living in days when women were covered from head-to-toe. Look at the suffragettes, they made some of the first moves to reveal their ankles and reveal their knees. So if we can dress who we want – and that includes in a state of undress that I am in today – why not?’

Dr Bateman asked whether society viewed women’s bodies as shameful.

‘For thousands of years, men have controlled what women can do with their bodies. Women’s bodies have been seen purely as things for sex and babies.

‘What is wrong with a modern day woman taking control of her body and using it to give voice to what is the most pressing political subject in Britain right now?’

‘I am doing this for the words written on my body. Brexit leaves Britain naked.

‘I invite Jacob Rees Mogg to do a naked debate with me and we will get to the roots of this issue. The issue that Britain faces many, many problems right now from housing to the NHS and the European Union is not the cause of those problems.' 

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