23 September 2019 – today’s press release

Swinson: Corbyn is a Brexiteer at heart

Responding to the news from Labour Party conference that it would not back Remain in a People’s Vote, under the guidance of Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Jo Swinson said:

Jeremy Corbyn has again shown a total lack of leadership on Brexit and settled on yet another fudge on the biggest issue facing our country. Jeremy Corbyn has repeatedly had the opportunity to put the full force of the Labour behind a Remain position, but he has once again shown today that he is a Brexiteer at heart.

He is determined to negotiate a Brexit deal if Labour win an election, despite all the evidence that there is no Brexit deal that is good for our economy, our NHS and our security. By refusing to say how the Labour Party would campaign in a second referendum, Jeremy Corbyn is letting down the millions of people who want to see the UK remain in the EU.

The Liberal Democrats are the only main party going into the next election promising to end the Brexit chaos. If the Liberal Democrats win the next general election, then we will use that democratic mandate to revoke Article 50 on day one and stop Brexit.

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5 Comments

  • Peter Martin 24th Sep '19 - 4:39am

    If we look ahead just a couple of moves, it’s pretty clear that the Labour Party and the Lib Dems are on convergent courses.

    The LibDems, as we already know, want a straight revoke of Article50.

    The Labour plan is to offer the choice of Remain or a ‘credible deal’ in a referendum. This won’t be seen as anything other than a sell-out by the Leave side who will almost certainly boycott the poll. If the only alternative is to be tied to the EU without a voice, Leavers will naturally prefer to remain in the EU which is a valuable source of funding. This will allow the Brexit Party to continue to noisily disrupt the EU Parliament, and put a spanner in the works of the ‘European Project’ at every opportunity. Leavers also know there is a big recession on the way. If Brexit is cancelled it can’t then be blamed for that.

    The outcome will be exactly the same. With exactly the same amount of civil strife to follow.

  • Bless Peter I await with horror the prospect of you resplendent in your tin foil armour leading your hordes onto the streets. Meanwhile in the real world Thomas Cook has failed, partially due to your Brexit, so what do you say to the 9000 plus sans jobs, “Your sacrifice will not be forgotten, but we can’t put up taxes, I’m on a pension you know and I can’t afford to support you”. As will many so called left wing Lexiteers your actually way to the right, you just can’t accept that and delude yourself you are a man of the left, tis sad but O so true.

  • William Fowler 24th Sep '19 - 7:52am

    Labour have a radical program of reform, most of which is illegal under EU rules, and a party membership who are ecstatic at the thought of the coming socialist paradise but also want to remain in the EU… makes perfect sense therefore for Labour to wait until after the GE so that the membership can be given the choice of paradise or EU membership, after Labour’s negotiation with the EU fails to get rid of the rules they don’t like.

    Not sure you can blame Thomas Cook’s failure on Brexit, might not have been helped by a very weak currency and many companies will also suffer from this over the coming years (unless we stay in the EU and avoid a Labour govn). The internet has largely made companies like Thomas Cook less than viable and they could easily have sucked through 100’s millions of tax payer’s money, not just the quarter of a billion they wanted to keep running.

  • frankie 24th Sep ’19 – 7:03am ……………………………..Meanwhile in the real world Thomas Cook has failed, partially due to your Brexit, so what do you say to the 9000 plus sans jobs, “………………

    I agree! And, while we’re at it, I’m sure that today’s rain is ‘partially due’ to Brexit.

    £billion Debt from over-expansion, unwanted aquisitions, excessive pay/bonuses/expenses of senior staff, etc., dating back over 10 years, might’ve had something to do with it; but why let facts get in the way of another “It’s because of Brexit” story.
    You criticise others for wearing their ‘tin foil’ but Hmmmmm?

    BTW, congratulations on only using ‘bless’ once in your post.

  • With Labour still undecided about Brexit and our Conservative PM acting unlawfully, it should be a fertile time for us. We need to refine our messages and leave some room for leavers to join us. Then we could reach 200 seats and win a remain referendum.

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