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Vince: Keep fighting, keep hoping. We will win

June 24, 2018 4:00 PM
By Caron Lindsay in Liberal Democrat Voice

libdems at Brexit march

Here's the Lib Dem contingent at today's People's Vote march. There were lots of us there. It was an incredible atmosphere as we filled Parliament Square and beyond to listen to speeches from Tony Robinson (who actually said "I have a cunning plan"), David Lammy, Caroline Lucas and our own Vince Cable.

This event seemed like a real step up from previous ones. 100,000 people turned out demanding a People's Vote. The key message was that this is not a done deal and we absolutely can get out of it.

This kicks off a Summer of campaigning across the country.

Here's Vince speaking:

Vince Speaks at March for Europe

"My message today is a very simple one: keep fighting, keep hoping, we will win!" Vince Cable speaking at today's March for Europe. It's not too late, join our campaign to give YOU the final say on Brexit:

Posted by Liberal Democrats on Saturday, 23 June 2018

I always love the optimism of his press people, releasing extracts of his speeches in the irrational hope that he'll actually use those lines. Our Vince is always worth listening to, and he always says good things, but maybe not the ones he was scripted to say. Which were perfectly fine. His ad libs are usually better and this one was.

Brexit is not a done deal. Brexit is not inevitable. Brexit can be stopped.

"Parliament is fiddling at the margins while the country slowly burns. Silly, logic-chopping arguments over parliamentary procedure; whether we have 'a' customs union or 'the' customs union; what is the meaning of 'meaningful'…

"Brexit is going to damage the country. Slowly and painfully. Theresa May admits there will be damage. Her policy is damage limitation.

"Better to stop the damage. To return the issue to the people - to vote on the deal (or no deal). With the option of staying in the EU and working to improve it rather than walk away

It was one of his strongest performances yet and that message is getting stronger and simpler. He's very much talking about stopping Brexit, which is exactly what he should be saying.

He again talked about the young who had been "shafted" by older Brexiteers. Of course one such brexiteer wasn't there today. "Where's Jeremy Corbyn" sang the assembled throng.

It was an incredible atmosphere. People came from all over the country. I met a friend from Edinburgh. One man, a hill farmer from Wales, had never been to London before but had come today because this meant so much to him.

Here's Catherine Bearder, until 29 March, our Lib Dem MEP sending a message to Theresa May;

* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings