11-12 May 2019 – the weekend’s press release

Farage tantrum shows he hasn’t got the answers

Responding to Nigel Farage losing his cool on The Andrew Marr Show this morning, Liberal Democrat Brexit Spokesperson Tom Brake said:

Be it the 2016 or 2019 incarnation of Nigel Farage, he is still shamefully looking to point the finger rather than take responsibility. Just scratch beneath the surface and it is clear he doesn’t have the answers on Brexit, never mind a manifesto.

A vote for Farage, the Tories, UKIP, or Labour at the European elections is just a vote for Brexit and the years of damaging uncertainty that comes with it. If you want to stop Brexit then vote for the strongest Remain party in British politics – the Liberal Democrats.

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6 Comments

  • David Evershed 13th May '19 - 1:13am

    Is Lib Dem policy to have a second referendum on Leaving and only to Remain if there is a majority to Remain

    or is it Lib Dem policy to Remain regardless of having a second referendum or the result of one?

    This is an issue of democracy.

  • christian Davis 13th May '19 - 8:15am

    I think the point that all politicians need to come to terms with is that our country is split right down the middle and positions are hardening. Leavers are getting behind Farage because they don’t think parliament is reliving and have lost confidence in the Tories. Remainer’s are still largely clinging to the hope Corbyn will give them a referendum, if Labour don’t move on this then their vote could collapse too.

    Leavers or remainer if you want our country to move forward a public vote is now the only way out of this mess. Even some Brexiters are getting this now.

  • Peter Martin 13th May '19 - 8:40am

    @ Christian Davis,

    “………a public vote is now the only way out of this mess.”

    Possibly. But, what’s going to be the choice on the ballot paper? If it’s between Remain and some variant of May’s bad deal, then the Leave side won’t have anything to vote for. They’ll abstain. There may even be an organised boycott.

    How is that going to improve matters?

  • Denis Loretto 13th May '19 - 5:24pm

    Two points –
    1. If a “people’s vote” did not show a majority to stay in the EU the UK would have to leave but I reckon the Lib Dems would still have it as policy to seek and find a way back into alliance with the EU in future – just like the Bill Cashes of this world did in the other direction ever since 1975.
    2. No responsible parliament should ever offer an option to the public which they know would be severely damaging to the country and its people. Remember that “no deal” is nothing to do with trading on WTO terms or any other terms. It means no withdrawal agreement ie a desperate scramble to establish any legal basis for cross border trade plus a plethora of other problems. The media never seem to spell this out.

  • I thought it was a people’s vote

  • Talking about press releases, are we ever going to be told what’s going on about the investigation into a former Leader of the Party ? Poor Jo Swinson couldn’t explain this when she was asked about it on the Iain Dale programme yesterday and was made to look extremely rattled.

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