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'None of the possible EU deals can be better than we have now' - Cable

December 20, 2017 5:54 PM
Originally published by Liberal Democrat European Group

ballot-boxVince Cable says the Liberal Democrats will campaign to remain in the EU regardless of the outcome of the Brexit negotiations, as any deal agreed could not have better terms than full membership.

If you back an "Exit from Brexit" sign up here: https://www.libdems.org.uk/exit-brexit

Dr Cable also called for the public to be given the final say on the EU deal, and has tabled an amendment for that to the EU Exit Bill in Parliament.

He said, "Today, I've have set out a potential timetable for a referendum on the Brexit deal to be held in December 2018, as an 'early Christmas present' for the millions of people who support a vote on the deal."

The timetable would allow people to choose whether to accept the deal or stay in the EU.

It comes ahead of a Commons' vote tonight on a Liberal Democrat amendment to the Withdrawal Bill that would secure a referendum on the deal.

The amendment calls on the government to set a date on which the referendum would be held and says the vote must give the public the choice to accept the final Brexit deal or remain in the EU.

This potential timeline to a public vote shows Brexit is not a done deal - it can be stopped, but only with the approval of the British public.

Support is growing for a public vote on whatever botched Brexit deal the Conservatives manage to get from the EU.

It's time the Conservatives - and the Labour leadership - listened.

Ultimately, the Liberal Democrats don't believe the government can negotiate any deal which is better than the one we currently have as a member of the EU.

That is why we will campaign to remain in the EU in any future referendum.

Liberal Democrat Proposed Timetable for Referendum on the Deal

April 2018: Royal Assent given to the EU Withdrawal Bill

April 2018: Government introduces a Referendum on the Deal Bill, in line with the stipulations set out in the amendment:

May 2018: Royal Assent given to Referendum on the Deal Bill

September 2018: 12 week referendum campaign begins, with vote scheduled for early December. (European Parliament will also have a vote in this time and European Council must approve the deal)

December 2018: Referendum concluded, and Parliamentary vote held. In the case of a vote to remain in the EU, Article 50 would be withdrawn (Lord Kerr, author of Article 50 has stated this is possible).

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