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  • Article: Mar 15, 2017

    The European Citizen Action Service has published a study on the potential implications of Brexit for British Citizens' rights as European Citizens, as well as those of EU citizens living in the UK.

    Please find the report here: http://ecas.org/projects/brexit-takeaways/

    An alliance of UK Citizens in Europe published a white paper in February, aiming to guide the British Government's approach to Brexit. Several of its contributors gave evidence to the Exiting the EU Committee on January 18th 2017.

  • Nick Clegg
    Article: Mar 15, 2017
    By Nick Clegg MP in The Evening Standard

    Despite all the bluster from the Tories, they face a reality check on trade, the single market and the rule of law

    So what's bothering them? Why the sour faces? Surely this is the moment of their greatest triumph? Surging ahead of Labour in the polls. The snarling Right-wing press firmly on side. Only a tiny number of recalcitrant Conservative MPs. And the Article 50 letter, triggering the final steps towards the Promised Land of Brexit, tantalisingly close.

  • European flags
    Article: Mar 15, 2017

    "Unlike all of Leave's promises during the EU referendum campaign, almost all our predictions a year ago have come true. This was not Project Fear, but a warning of Project Reality. See what we said..."

    The case for the UK remaining in the European Union

    Founders Hall Main Lecture Room, Royal Holloway University of London:

  • Brexit banner
    Article: Mar 14, 2017
    By Antony Hook in Liberal Democrat Voice

    I'm really proud to be the Liberal Democrats' Brexit Spokesman for the South East. Working with Nick Clegg, our national Brexit spokesman, to hold the government to account and fight for the true national interest could not be more important.

    One of the most successfully ways to communicate a message is visually. Pictures speak loudly.

  • George Smid
    Article: Mar 12, 2017
    By George Smid in Lincolnshire Reporter

    Health warning: This article is not repeating Project Fear. Project Fear is dead. What we have now is Project Real. What do I mean by Project Real? Facts. Trends. Policies.

    Project Fear did not work because people decided to vote for 'hope'. In other words, the feeling was that we would be better off outside the European Union. This 'betterment' people are expecting as the result of Brexit must be the yardstick with which we will measure its success or failure.

  • EU / UK flags
    Article: Mar 11, 2017
    By Chris Carubia in Liberal Democrat Voice

    On the 2nd March at 7.50 am I boarded a Ryanair flight from Manchester to Charleroi in Belgium. It is an hour and a half train journey from Charleroi to Brussels and the first thing that you notice is the friendliness of the people and the matter of fact way they switch from one language to another without pause. The next thing is the extent of the industrialisation of the landscape as it flashes by.

  • Mark Argent
    Article: Mar 10, 2017
    By Mark Argent in Liberal Democrat Voice

    I'm increasingly conscious that one really important group has become invisible in the storm around Brexit: the people who actually voted for it.

    Canvassing recently my ear was firmly bent by someone who voted Leave and is worried about the NHS. The promise of £350 million per week might have evaporated on the morning after the referendum, but her concerns have not. She's not angry at the lie: for her this is just one more in the chain of politicians' lies. The worry is real.

  • Lord Dick Newby
    Article: Mar 8, 2017
    By Lord Richard Newby

    Over the last month, I've led Liberal Democrat peers in scrutiny of the article 50 bill in the Lords and during that time, we have sought to make changes to the government's plans.

    We had three goals: to protect Britain's membership of the single market; protect the rights of EU citizens in the UK and to give the people the final say on the Brexit deal.

    Unfortunately, two of our amendments that would have protected membership of the single market and given you a final say on the deal were defeated after the Labour Leadership failed to support us, and even went so far as to back the Government over plans to tear us away from the single market. A third amendment which would force the government to guarantee EU citizens right to stay passed, as was an amendment which we supported to give Parliament a meaningful say at the end of the process.

  • Lord Dick Newby
    Article: Mar 7, 2017

    In an extremely rare move for the House of Lords the Liberal Democrats have tabled an amendment against the Brexit Bill at Third Reading.

    The Liberal Democrats tabled the amendment which declines to allow the Bill to pass following today's defeat of their amendment demanding that the people are given a final say on the Brexit deal.

  • brexit 1
    Article: Mar 7, 2017
    By Mark Pack in Liberal Democrat Newswire

    For the last few weeks, I've been running an online survey for Liberal Democrat members into what the party's line should be on Brexit and whether the party should cooperate with other parties to oppose it, even up to the stage of formal election pacts.

    Before giving you more details than in the headline, it's worth adding the usual notes of caution about such surveys. Although the sample was large (1,656 after removing attempted entries that failed the security checks), it was self-selecting. The combination of careful security checks and weighting made my 2015 survey on the Lib Dem leadership contest almost spot on and more accurate than other predictions. This time round, thanks to the huge membership growth making it hard to ascertain what the correct weighting targets would be, I have not done similar weighting although the results look to be solid across the obvious possible distortions. Consider it more, however, a collection of large-scale qualitative feedback, such as judging how party conference reacts to a controversial statement in a leader's speech, than a fully-fledged opinion poll.

    So with those caveats out the way, here are the key results: