26 November 2019 – (most of) today’s press releases

  • Lib Dem policies would mean 600,000 fewer children in poverty
  • Lib Dems: Barnier comments show Johnson is lying to the country
  • Johnson’s Brexit Plans Disastrous for Welsh Farmers

Lib Dem policies would mean 600,000 fewer children in poverty

A report by the Resolution Foundation has found the Liberal Democrats’ policies would mean 600,000 fewer children in poverty by 2023-24, making it the most progressive of the three main parties.

The report also found child poverty risks reaching a record high under Conservative plans.

Liberal Democrat Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Tim Farron commented:

This report is a damning indictment of the Tories’ heartless welfare policy, which is leading to soaring levels of child poverty across the country.

Only the Liberal Democrats will stop Brexit and invest billions of pounds from the Remain bonus in building a brighter future for those struggling in our society. We would scrap the cruel two-child limit, benefit cap and bedroom tax, and invest in free school meals and childcare for millions of families.

As the Resolution Foundation recognises, we have the most progressive policy of all the major parties, focused on ensuring everyone has the same opportunities regardless of where they come from.

Lib Dems: Barnier comments show Johnson is lying to the country

Responding to reports that Michel Barnier has said securing a trade deal by December 2020 would be very difficult and that a no deal exit is still possible, Liberal Democrat Shadow Foreign Secretary Chuka Umunna said:

These comments show Boris Johnson is lying to the country. It’s clearly not possible to do a trade deal with the EU in 11 months, and now those on the other side of the negotiating table agree.

Johnson’s December 2020 deadline would mean yet another year of damaging uncertainty for businesses and families, with the threat of no deal continuing to loom over the country.

There is no deal with the EU that is better than the one we enjoy now as full members. Liberal Democrats will keep fighting to stop Brexit, deny Boris Johnson a majority and build a brighter future for the country.

Johnson’s Brexit Plans Disastrous for Welsh Farmers

The Welsh Liberal Democrats have criticised Boris Johnson’s claim that his Brexit deal would mean zero tariffs or quotas for Welsh farmers exporting to the EU.

NFU Cymru President John Davies said farmers had no certainty about access to EU markets until “the ink is dry” on a post-Brexit trade agreement

Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Jane Dodds said:

Boris Johnson saying that Welsh farmers would face no tariffs or quotas under his Brexit plans shows he is either deliberately misleading people or does not know what his own Withdrawal Agreement entails.

Under Johnson’s deal the UK would enter a year-long transition period, in which time negotiations will take place to determine our future trading relationship with the EU. It provides no guarantees about the end destination and fails to provide any safeguards in case a deal is not reached in time.

Furthermore, due to the Conservatives ruling out any extension to this transition period in their manifesto, the most likely outcome is still a damaging no-deal Brexit, including all the tariffs and quotas that come with it.

The only way to guarantee tariff and quota free access to European markets for Welsh farmers is to remain in the EU. Liberal Democrats will continue to fight to stay in the EU, protecting Welsh farmers and building a brighter future.

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