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  • Brexit banner
    Article: Jun 24, 2017
    By George Smid in Lincolnshire Reporter

    One year ago today, 17.4 million voters (out of 46.5 million) won the referendum to leave the European Union. This month the UK started with the negotiations. The difference between June 2016 and 2017 is staggering.

    On June 24, 2016 the Leavers were jubilant. The country bought their vision, and all the scare stories predicted by Remainers did not happen. The future was bright and rosy. Theresa May was to unite the nation.

  • Catherine Bearder MEP
    Article: Jun 24, 2017

    A lot can change in a year.

    On 23rd June 2016, I was left heartbroken after a tough and exhausting referendum campaign saw a victory for an insular nationalist vision of Britain.

    The vote to Leave has divided our country in a way even 'Project Fear' could never have imagined.

    After the referendum, we were told that the populist right was on an unstoppable rise. Geert Wilders, Netherland's answer to Donald Trump, would storm to victory in the Dutch general election; Marine Le Pen would triumph over the established political consensus in the French Presidential election; and the Liberal Democrats' fight to keep Britain in Europe was laughed off.

  • Tom Brake
    Article: Jun 23, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have tabled an amendment to the Queen's Speech calling for Britain to stay in the single market and customs union.

    The party is now calling on both Labour and Conservative MPs to support the amendment and inflict a historic defeat on the government, forcing Theresa May to soften her extreme approach to Brexit.

  • Vote Her Get Him
    Article: May 20, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have today launched a poster attacking Theresa May for adopting Nigel Farage's vision for Brexit.

    Launching the hard hitting poster in Twickenham, Vince Cable slammed Theresa May's plans to rip Britain out of the Single Market and pointed out her extreme agenda was backed by UKIP who are standing down in swathes of seats to back the Tories.

    Liberal Democrat Shadow Chancellor Vince Cable said:

    This week has been about manifestos

    To understand what is going on you have to listen to the voices of the people who are Mrs May's cheerleaders and admirers.

    Nigel Farage. He purrs like an elder statesman, his job done.

    He said of the Prime Minister "she is using exactly the words and phrases I have been using for 20 years. I'm thrilled"

    He should be. She has adopted wholesale the UKIP model of Brexit. No half measures. Out of the Single Market. Out of the customs union. Out of all the sensible cooperation around science and environment. The agenda of the hard right.

    And not just on Europe. Do you remember the man who smiled with President-elect Donald Trump in a gold-encrusted lift? Who used his good offices to secure a meeting for our Prime Minister. Her hand-holding. Backing for the Trump administration. The close bonding. The treat of a state visit to come. Not that it achieved anything. The tough American trade negotiators have made it clear that economic size, not sentiment, determines priorities: the EU before the UK.

    Then, refugees. Nigel Farage posed in front of a poster of Syrian refugees fleeing the war. Spreading fear and distrust. But Mrs May is just as determined to keep foreigners out. Refugees. Students who are not immigrants and help our economy. Essential workers. They all fall under her net immigration target. As George Osborne has reminded us the more thoughtful Conservatives regarded the target as absurd and damaging and she hopelessly failed to meet it in any event. But UKIP is cheering her on.

    Farage is 'thrilled' for her. And that is because he is the architect in chief of her Brexit strategy.

    It didn't have to be like this. She could have taken as her inspiration the most politically successful Conservative Prime Minister in peacetime: Margaret Thatcher. But Mrs Thatcher is the creator of the Single Market.The Four Freedoms. Nothing to do with Brussels and Juncker. A British creation and a fine one which served Britain well. But Mrs May wants to trash her predecessor's legacy.

    And this is more than a meeting of minds with the UKIP hard right. There is an alliance. Not a Progressive but a Regressive Alliance. UKIP are standing down in a third of their seats for the Tories.

    They realise that there is no need for a UKIP candidate when the Conservative will represent them!

    That is what we believe the public should be reminded of until polling day

  • Nick Clegg
    Article: May 20, 2017

    Reports today suggest that Brexit negotiations will start on 19 June, 11 days after a historical General Election.

    It is understood that the EU's Chief Negotiator hopes to start by dealing with citizens' rights, the UK's divorce bill and on the border of Ireland.

    Commenting on these reports, Nick Clegg, the Liberal Democrat spokesperson on Brexit said:

  • Tim Farron and Tom Brake
    Article: May 16, 2017

    In a blow to Theresa May's Brexit plans, the European Court of Justice has said that a free trade agreement with Singapore will need the approval of all EU governments and their parliaments. This opinion from the EU's highest court means any future EU-UK trade deal is also set to need the approval of all 27 EU countries and their parliaments.

  • Nick Clegg
    Article: May 14, 2017

    On Saturday 13 May, Nick Clegg gave the key-note lecture on how to renew British politics at the "Convention on Brexit & the Political Crash"

    The link to his speech can be found here:

    https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1505462389495699&id=1412381755470430&_rdr

  • Brexit banner
    Article: May 14, 2017
    By NewsHound in Liberal Democrat Voice

    A poll in the New European has shown a massive swing from Labour to the Liberal Democrats of Remain supporters.

    From the paper:

    The poll, of more than 1,300 respondents, compares how people voted in the 2015 General Election with how they intend to vote next month. It suggests the Liberal Democrats will double their share of the vote in this significant section of the population, while Labour's will halve.

  • Tuition Fees
    Article: May 12, 2017
    By Rahul Mansigani in The Independent

    I felt betrayed by Nick Clegg walking back his promise on tuition fees. But now even Labour's latest tuition fees announcement couldn't make me back Corbyn

    In the autumn of 2010, over 50,000 students marched through the streets of London to protest against a trebling of tuition fees proposed by the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government - and as the then President of the Cambridge University Students' Union, I led a huge number of them. We were furious, not just at the fee proposals themselves, but because we had once agreed with Nick. We'd agreed with him so much that we'd used our first ever votes for him. Needless to say, that betrayal led to those same voters brutally punishing the Liberal Democrats in the election five years later, with a decisive 30-point swing in the student vote.