23-24 March 2019 – the weekend’s press releases

Cable: We are now a Remain country

Leader of the Liberal Democrats Vince Cable today kicked off the ‘Put It To The People’ march by declaring to supporters that the UK is a “Remain country”.

The Liberal Democrat leader joined hundreds of thousands of supporters, including Liberal Democrat campaigners, MPs and Peers, who descended on London from as far as Redruth in Cornwall to Wick in Scotland.

Speaking at the march, Vince Cable said:

We are now a Remain country. 60% now want to Remain and reform from within. Nearly 90% of young voters who weren’t allowed to vote in 2016 would vote to remain.

The message is clear: Stop Brexit.

May in office but out of power

Responding to reports the Cabinet is plotting to oust the Prime Minister at the same time emergency plans for a no-deal Brexit could be inacted, Liberal Democrat Brexit Spokesperson Tom Brake said:

The country is at a perilous crossroads. People are deeply worried, which is why one million took to the streets in London to demand a final say on Brexit.

Instead of listening, however, the Conservatives have descended into a grubby civil war with plots to remove the Prime Minister. May might be in office, but she is already out of power.

It doesn’t need to be this way. The national embarassment that is Brexit can be stopped. Liberal Democrats have led the campaign for a final say and this week in Parliament we will once again seek to secure a People’s Vote, with the option to stay in the EU.

Cable: Brexit destroyed confidence in the financial sector

Responding to the CBI and PwC Quarterly Financial Services Survey which reveals confidence in the financial sector is at the lowest levels since the 2008 financial crisis, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Vince Cable said:

The result of this survey is stark, but sadly it is hardly surprising. We need to remember that the financial services sector was doing very well. However, there is no doubt that the uncertainty around Brexit and particularly no-deal destroyed it.

Even if there is a deal, the one offered by this beleaguered Prime Minister offers no safeguards for the financial sector. That is why Liberal Democrats are fighting to offer an escape from this mess by giving the people a final say on the deal, with the option to remain in the EU.

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  • Peter Martin 26th Mar '19 - 9:04am

    It remains to be seen whether or not we are a remain country.

    I was amused to find out that some Remainers, going by the slogans on their banners at the weekend march, seem to want to not only extend the voting franchise to 16 year olds but also their pets! So we are asked to search our consciences and ask ourselves if it is really fair that Mollie, a furry, cuddly Cockerpoo (aka a Spaniel X Poodle mongrel) should be prevented from joining her owners on their annual skiing holiday in the Austrian Tyrol. Or if Tiddles the cat should have to stay home alone when the owners are next holidaying in their Brittany gite.

    Yes there are arguments for staying in and arguments for coming out. But I’m sorry, Tiddles and Mollie, but your European passport doesn’t rate too highly with most voters.

  • Peter Hirst 26th Mar '19 - 1:10pm

    How will the indicative vote process on Wednesday pan out? It might push the pendulum towards revocation of Article 50 as opposed to no deal Brexit. Parliament must keep control of the process and allow time for our MPs to compromise and strike deals to negotiate a satisfactory settlement. Once parliament has decided it will be time to sort out how to achieve that outcome and at what stage to hold a confirmatory referendum.

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