1 November 2019 – today’s press releases

  • Farage warns Tories of Lib Dem General Election threat
  • Trickett’s comments show Labour are a Brexit party
  • Swinson: Liberal Democrats can win in seats we have never won in before
  • Lib Dems: Johnson and Corbyn running scared of Swinson

Farage warns Tories of Lib Dem General Election threat

Commenting on the Brexit Party’s campaign launch, Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader Ed Davey said:

Nigel Farage is correct that the Conservative Party should be very worried about the Liberal Democrats in this election. We are the strongest national party of Remain and we are ready to take the fight to Boris Johnson as well as Jeremy Corbyn.

He is also right that Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal would be a disaster for the UK. It would be bad for jobs, bad for our NHS, and bad for the environment. But his assertion that crashing out of the EU without a deal would be anything other than catastrophic couldn’t be more wrong. Every form of Brexit will be damaging for our country.

We know that the best deal is the one we already have as members of the European Union. That is why Liberal Democrats will continue to fight to stop Brexit. Every vote for the Liberal Democrats in this election is a vote to stop Brexit and build a brighter future.

Trickett’s comments show Labour are a Brexit party

Responding to Labour MP Jon Trickett’s comments that if Labour got into government and negotiated a new Brexit deal he would vote for Brexit over Remain, Liberal Democrat Shadow Europe Secretary Tom Brake MP said:

Jon Trickett’s confirmation that he would vote and campaign for Brexit in a referendum shows yet again that Labour are a party of Brexit.

“Tricker is a member of the Labour Shadow Cabinet. His comments demonstrate that a Labour Government would let down Remainers right across the country.

Liberal Democrats are clear that whether Tory blue or Labour red, there is no form of Brexit that is good for the UK. That is why every vote for the Liberal Democrats is a vote to Stop Brexit and stay in the EU.

Swinson: Liberal Democrats can win in seats we have never won in before

Ahead of joining Sam Gyimah at a campaign event, Liberal Democrat Leader Jo Swinson has declared that the Party can win seats right across the country, some in places that have never been won by the Liberal Democrats before.

In a once in a generation opportunity election, the Liberal Democrats will be taking their message of stopping Brexit and building a brighter future to voters. The Liberal Democrats will be targeting seats right across the UK as the Party takes on both Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party and Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour.

Speaking ahead of the weekend, Jo Swinson said:

The Liberal Democrats are fighting this election to stop Brexit and build a brighter future. We have seen thousands of people join our party in the last few weeks, and have added 8 new MPs in the last few months. I have set no limit on my ambition for my party and am excited to take our campaign right across the country over the coming weeks.

At this election, the Liberal Democrats can win in seats we have never won in before, right across the country. We will transform the electoral map of the country, and give the public the chance to stay in the EU.

Sam Gyimah will be a fantastic MP for Kensington and I am excited to be able to help him launch his local campaign. He is a fantastic Remain campaigner and I know that the voters of Kensington will recognise that the Liberal Democrats are the strongest party of Remain.

The voters of our country deserve a better choice than Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn, and the Liberal Democrats will provide that.

Lib Dems: Johnson and Corbyn running scared of Swinson

Responding to the news that ITV will host a head to head debate between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn, Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader Ed Davey said:

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn are running scared.

They appear determined to block the woman leader of the strongest party of Remain from the debate stage.

They know that their vision for our country can’t compare to the Liberal Democrat plan to stop Brexit and build a brighter future.

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  • Jon Trickett’s comments are extraordinary, and we all need to use this in arguments with Labour people. JT is not some random backbencher – he is in the shadow cabinet!
    And tonight, another top Labourite, indeed their campaign co-ordinator, Andrew Gwynne, has said “if we get a Brexit deal that is based on Labour’s red lines, Labour’s conditions, that is probably something I would recommend to my own constituents.”
    We need to say this loud and clear. Labour. Is. A. Pro. Brexit. Party.

  • I want to vote Lib Dem because I am a remainer, who is frankly fed up of Corbyn sitting on the fence. The problem is, I don’t trust your party. I would need three guarantees:

    1)A statement saying there will be coalition with the Tories.
    2)A statement saying there will be confidence and supply agreement with Tories.
    3)A statement saying Lib Dems will oppose all legislation proposed by the Tories.

    Like most Northern voters I will never vote Tory and I will never vote for any party that assists the Conservative Party in anyway. Until I am certain that the LIb Dems oppose the Tories, I will find it very difficult to vote for your party.

  • bartelbe 2nd Nov ’19 – 12:57am…

    From past history points a) and b) would be OK.

  • Alex Macfie 2nd Nov '19 - 7:17am

    Lib Dems will NOT do any deal (Coalition or C&S) with either Tories or Labour under their present leaders. No deal with Johnson or Corbyn. It is difficult to envisage any circumstances in which the Lib Dems would do any deal with the Tories in the foreseeable future, with the Tories being taken over by the ERG tendency.

  • @bartelbe – I think you’d get numbers 1 and 2 out of Jo Swinson, no problem. She’s already said as much. Number 3 is more tricky. The worst governments in history have produced the occasional good bit of legislation. It’s not sensible to say in advance that you will never vote for anything they bring forward. Let’s say for example that, having failed to get an overall majority, Johnson decides that the only way now to get Brexit sorted is to have a referendum. You’re suggesting we should vote against that? Or let’s say he brings forward something that is copied from our own manifesto (which they’ve done before). You think we should vote against it just because it’s being introduced by the Tories? Sorry, that doesn’t make sense.
    I really hope you do vote for us, because we are definitely the way to stop Brexit. We won’t go into coalition with the Tories, and won’t agree to C&S. But we can’t give a blanket refusal to vote against anything that any government does.

  • Nonconformistradical 2nd Nov '19 - 10:41am

    “But we can’t give a blanket refusal to vote against anything that any government does.”

    Quite. Even a broken clock’s right twice a day.

  • Nigel Farage … But his assertion that crashing out of the EU without a deal would be anything other than catastrophic couldn’t be more wrong.

    I think the fact that Trump has stepped in and said a no-deal Brexit would facilitate a US-UK trade agreement, can be used to great effect. If Trump says something is good, it is highly likely because it is good for him and the US. Following the logic of a no-deal Brexit, in the days and weeks immediately following such an exit, the UK will be exactly where Trump would like it to be: in dire straits and in desperate need of a ‘friend’… In such a situation a UK government will almost be forced to sign any deal, as it would be better than no-deal…

    Thus Farage (and others) who are still campaigning for no-deal Brexit, need to be called out as acting in the interests of Trump’s imperialism rather than the people of the UK. I suspect that Cummings et al will attempt to spin how becoming a US colony/dependency is taking back control and making Westminster sovereign…

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