29 March 2019 – today’s press releases

It’s been a slightly hectic day today, but I’ve got my nomination papers in – I’m running for re-election to my Parish Council in mid-Suffolk. Have you got yours in yet? Time’s running out…

Cable: Only route out of this crisis is a People’s Vote

Responding to the vote on the Government’s withdrawal agreement losing by 58 votes, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Vince Cable said:

Today’s outcome was entirely predictable.

No amount of parliamentary trickery can breathe life back into May’s deal. The only route to resolve the crisis is a final say with the option to Remain in the EU.

A long extension to Article 50 is now clearly needed, and a People’s Vote is the best way to persuade European leaders to agree one.

Lib Dems: ‘Global Britain’ vision collides with reality

Today, the Department for Trade published an impact assessment for the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (FTA).

As a European Union member, the UK is part of 40 trade agreements. However, so far the UK have only signed 8 continuity trade deals for if the UK leaves the European Union without a deal.

Responding to the statement, Liberal Democrat Brexit Spokesperson Tom Brake said:

Today, at one minute past 11pm, was supposed to be Trade Deal Day for Liam Fox – the day he would roll-over all our EU trade deals.

This was the day when his vision of a buccaneering Britain would reach fruition. We would sign off trade deals worth tens of billions of pounds with countries across the globe.

Unfortunately his vision has collided with hard reality. Even when he gets the deal signed with Vietnam, the number still remain less than ten.

On a day in which the Government has witnessed yet another embarrassing defeat of the Prime Minister’s deal, they have clearly decided today is a good day to bury bad news.

Fox has failed. He should pay the price and walk.

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  • The insanity continues, she wants a fourth vote. I thank the Lord I can say, the prospect of faries, unicorns and sun lit uplands was not enough to make me vote for this national embarrassment. Still I’m sure a Lexi or a Brexi will he along with some pseudo science, to explain why mythical beasts exist, we really can fly and why we must row the UK to the middle if the Atlantic to escape the sinking of the EU, tis the new Atlantis don’t you know, a Brexiteer told me so.

  • A question.

    If there is a snap general election, let’s say in May, will the Lib Democrats be led by someone who is on the record as saying he will stand down in May ?

  • See that the TIGS are to be “Change UK”. Understand that may nbot be possible, another organisation “Change.org”, a succesful social pressure group” are challenging the name saying it is theirs, cannot have two with the same name as with companies. Interesting.

  • Nick Collins 30th Mar '19 - 4:25pm

    @ David Raw: Probably, but will he stand down before May, Theresa that is?

  • Well if an election is called in May it leaves the Lib Dem party in complete chaos with a lame duck leader and facing a possible wipe out.

  • David Raw: A wipeout is most unlikely because our success depends a lot more on local organisation than on the national campaign and the Leader. And actually, I suspect that having a so-called “lame duck” leader would make things easier for us in the constituencies, because the leader is in less of a position to mess things up. In both the last two elections our campaign was undermined by our leader (in 2015, because, well, Nick Clegg, and in 2017 because of Tim Farron’s totally unavoidable gaffes on gay sex and “sin”). One of our best elections was 2005, when our then-leader was often out of action.

  • Alex Macfie 31st Mar '19 - 2:06pm

    I mean “totally avoidable gaffes”

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