19 February 2019 – today’s press releases

  • Wales Woefully Unprepared for No-Deal Brexit
  • Corbyn turns his back on manufacturing sector
  • Honda decision symbolic of Brexit Britain
  • Lib Dems: Begum should face justice for her crimes in the UK

Wales Woefully Unprepared for No-Deal Brexit

The Welsh Liberal Democrats have criticised no-deal preparations in Wales as “woeful” following a report from the Wales Audit Office, which critcised the lack of preparations made in case Britain leaves the European Union without a deal or transition period.

The Wales Audit Office report stated, ‘Wales needs to do more to prepare for possible no-deal Brexit.’ despite the Welsh Government having begun “intensifying” their no-deal preparations as far back as December 2018.

Jane Dodds, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, said:

Today’s report from the Welsh Auditor General highlights the lack of real preparations that have been undertaken in case we crash out of the EU with no deal. Whatever the UK and Welsh Governments say they’re doing to prepare for a no deal Brexit, it’s clearly not enough.

It is irresponsible of the UK Government to keep claiming that ‘no deal is better than a bad deal’ when that is clearly not the case. If we leave the EU with no deal it will be catastrophic for the Welsh economy, and for the UK. No-deal is simply too dangerous to be a valid option.

The Welsh Liberal Democrats are clear. The best deal is the one we already have with the EU. We will continue to fight to ensure no-deal is taken off the table and to give the people the final say, with the option to choose an Exit from Brexit and put an end to this mess.

Corbyn turns his back on manufacturing sector

Responding to the speech by Jeremy Corbyn to the MAKE UK conference Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran said:

In the last 48 hours, 7 of his MPs have left the party and 3500 more people look set to lose their jobs, at least in part down to Corbyn’s handling of Brexit.

If now is not the time for Corbyn to back his own party conference policy to back a People’s Vote on Brexit – then we should give up hope that he ever will.

Brexit is causing unbearable damage to our manufacturing sector and the communities that Jeremy Corbyn says he represents; it is time for him to stand with us and millions of others in calling for a People’s Vote with an option to stay in the EU.

Honda decision symbolic of Brexit Britain

Today in the House of Commons Liberal Democrat Chief Whip, Alistair Carmichael, questioned Greg Clark on the failure of his Industrial Strategy in relation to Honda’s decision to close its Swindon car plant.

In the chamber Mr Carmichael asked the Secretary of State:

This is not a one-off incident, it comes off the back of similar decisions from Nissan and Jaguar Land Rover.

This is the precisely the sort of thing the Secretary of State’s Industrial strategy was designed to address. Why is it he thinks that at the moment it isn’t working?

Following the exchange, Mr Carmichael said:

Honda’s decision to leave the UK is just the latest in a long line of businesses which are abandoning the UK because of Brexit. The Prime Minister sought personal assurances that Honda would keep producing cars in the UK, making this incredibly humiliating for the Prime Minister.

Honda’s decision casts doubt on the long term future of the automobile industry in the UK, blowing a massive hole in the middle of the Government’s flagship Industrial Strategy.

Lib Dems: Begum should face justice for her crimes in the UK

Responding to the reports from Shamima Begum’s family lawyer that she will lose her UK citizenship, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Ed Davey said:

Membership of a terrorist group is a serious crime, as is encouraging or supporting terrorism. But Shamima Begum should face justice for those crimes in the UK.

It is not only hard to see Ms Begum and her baby as constituting a serious threat to national security, but it also seems a huge wasted opportunity. We can learn lessons as to why a young girl went to Syria in the first place; lessons which could improve Britain’s security by helping us prevent this happening again.

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  • Helen Dudden 20th Feb '19 - 7:20am

    She will need to wake up very quickly. Anyone, who is a mother soon starts to learn. I personally, do not believe that anyone with such a lack of respect deserves the protection of our borders. I also believe, there may be other’s that deserve the same treatment. The total lack of respect for those who have suffered at the hands of terrorism. Anti Semitic comments are added after the events within the EUROPEAN Union in France.
    Our police and justice system don’t have the time and funding to waste on this problem. It’s complicated. The family were responsible, children also need watching with the internet, child locks are useful and just being aware of the use.
    That’s another issue, blocking those terrible hate producing sites.
    It’s time our country regained respect on knife crime, and we in turn stood up for justice and freedom.
    Also, never under estimate the influence of anyone with her thoughts, personally, I have concerns for her child and where will all her actions take her.

  • I always thought prosecutions where sort where the crime occurred rather than in the homeland of the accused? However, the problem with the Begum case is that there is no immediate evidence that she actively committed any crime beyond joining a cause that did commit many crimes. The Home Office decision is based on the very dubious claim that she has duel citizenship. I suspect that this decision will be overturned.
    As I’ve said before, I have little sympathy for Begum but she is our problem. This is because if we can extradite foreign extremists then we have a reciprocal duty to accept responsibility for our own extremists.

  • Helen Dudden 20th Feb '19 - 8:54am

    I think the Home Office have full understanding of the situation. She is without regret and still has sympathy with ISIS.

  • Helen Dudden 20th Feb '19 - 9:41am

    You mean, unacceptable behaviour. If you live in a country you accept the law.
    A 19 year old thinks she is owed something, she is not.
    I hope the continued thoughts on her future will continue. She has a Dutch husband, and a family in Bangladesh.
    I would like to our country in a much healthier state with regard to lawlessness.
    I hope legal aid is not being used, it’s difficult to access anyway.

  • Jayne Mansfield 20th Feb '19 - 10:20am

    @ Martin,
    This woman has shown no remorse for her support of genocidal maniacs. All we have heard has been her sense of entitlement.

    There are those who don’t want her back because they are appalled by her behaviour, what she has done has not been in their name.

    Dr T Hargey. Imam, Oxford Islamic Congregation has written a letter in the Times which reflects the view of many.

    ‘ Isis bride should be tried in the Middle East’.

  • I’ve just seen the news. We can’t make people stateless. Begum is our bad and no-one else’s. We are going to have similar problems with much more active individuals. No one wants these people which means we are obligated to take them back.

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