10 September 2019 – the overnight press release

Parliament shutdown will not silence Lib Dem campaign to stop Brexit

Responding to Boris Johnson shutting down parliament, Liberal Democrat Leader Jo Swinson said:

The Liberal Democrats, along with other opposition parties, voted against the Prime Minister’s election this evening. We will not allow him to use an election to sneak through a dangerous No Deal Brexit, for which he has no mandate.

We relish the chance to take on Boris Johnson in an election, but only once Article 50 has been extended. And thanks to cross-party legislation, the Prime Minister must request an extension to Article 50 rather than crash us out without a deal on the 31st October.

As Boris Johnson can’t seem to win a vote in Parliament, he has decided to silence us until 14th October. But we will not be silenced. The Liberal Democrats will continue to vociferously and vigorously campaign for a People’s Vote, and to stop Brexit altogether.

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  • Why did Sarah Wollaston vote for the early General election? Its not a good look that one of our new MPs is rebelling (on such an important issue) so quickly…?

  • Andrew McCaig 10th Sep '19 - 12:12pm

    So what is this stuff in the Guardian about revoke with no People’s Vote?
    Are we being bounced with incomplete quotes or is Jo contradicting herself on the same day like Corbyn?

  • I echo Andrew’ concerns. If there is a general election we will need to form an alliance for a second vote. If we go all out as a remain-at-all costs party we may well finish up in the wilderness, surely! Someone please explain!

  • Deeply concerned about a push for revoking of A50 without a referendum. From Scotland I see this as a illiberal undemocratic step: however nothing wrong with an informed referendum Vote 2 and abiding by the decision however much the losing side may be unhappy about it.
    Secondly I personally see this as a vote loser when trying to pick up the votes of the regretful leavers and from voters looking for a reasonable liberal and centrist party.

  • Richard O'Neill 10th Sep '19 - 9:47pm

    @Brett Jenkins

    Because she said she wouldn’t hold a by-election given that a general election was so near. And would vote for one at the first opportunity.

    As someone who believes that all MPs switching parties should then hold a by-election I do salute her for that, particularly as she will likely lose her seat at that election.

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