30 May 2019 – today’s press releases

Lib Dems urge ‘No to No-Deal’ coalition

The Liberal Democrats have today reached out to MPs from across the political spectrum in a bid to form a ‘No to No-Deal’ coalition ahead of the Conservative Party leadership contest.

The move comes as a host of Conservative Party leadership hopefuls, including Boris Johnson and Dominic Raab, have said they would be willing to leave the EU without a deal if they become Prime Minister.

Tom Brake MP, the Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesperson, has written to MPs representing the Conservatives, Labour, SNP, Change UK, Plaid Cymru and the Greens in order to form a cross-party group to improve coordination between the parties fighting a No-Deal Brexit, both inside and outside Parliament.

Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesperson Tom Brake said:

With the Tory leadership contenders outbidding each other to claim they are eager to inflict the hardest No Deal imaginable on the UK, opponents of No Deal must get organised.

The stakes could not be higher. A Prime Minister committed to No-Deal would spell chaos for British families, businesses, consumers and travellers. Parliament must therefore reassert its will.

The best chance we have of stopping a no-deal is if all like-minded colleagues work together and present a united front. The Liberal Democrats are ready to do so and ultimately ensure the people have the final say on Brexit, with the option to stay in the EU.

Corbyn’s comments show nothing has changed

Responding to Jeremy Corbyn’s comments on a people’s vote, Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesperson Tom Brake said:

The Leader of the Labour Party’s fudged fence-sitting position on Brexit continues. Despite Labour’s dire performance at the EU elections, we still see Corbyn peddling the same caveated promises on a people’s vote. Yet this is the only real way out of the chaos of Brexit.

Actions speak louder than words. As Corbyn expels individuals, for the apparently extreme action of voting Liberal Democrat, it’s clear nothing changes at the top of the Labour Party.

The Liberal Democrats are honest and unequivocal about our opposition to Brexit and have been leading the fight for a final say on Brexit, as the strongest Remain party.

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6 Comments

  • David Evershed 31st May '19 - 1:27am

    I thought the Lib Dem policy is No to any kind of Brexit.

    Having a campaign of No to No Deal Brexit implies Lib Dems are saying Yes to a Brexit with a Deal.

  • David Evans 31st May '19 - 7:28am

    David, It really doesn’t, and I can’t see any reason why you would say such things. I presume you have been watching the news and seen its reports that many candidates for the Conservative leadership are again touting the idea of a no deal Brexit, which will happen if parliament does nothing to stop it on 31st October. That is the next crisis to over come.

    We, alongside many others in parliament, managed to stop one No deal brexit date, and we have become much stronger since then. Unfortunately so has the Brexit party and that, with its impact upon their future job prospect, terrifies so many MPs, both in Labour and the Conservative parties.

    In order to stop Brexit we also need more time to become stronger, so we scare those MPs than the Brexit Party, and that may well take more than 5 months. Hence it is essential we not only plan and campaign to stop Brexit, but also stop block off all the options people like Boris Johnson would have to sidestep us and exit anyway. Hence we must work with others to stop a No Deal Brexit.

    Failing to plan for this possibility would indeed be planning to fail.

  • David Evans 31st May '19 - 7:30am

    Sorry. Should have put in a “so that we scare those MPs *more* than the Brexit party”

  • By party conference time test could well be netween No Deal or Revoke Article 50. Pretty clear which way Parliament would vote.

  • Mr Evershed,
    Our first task is to prevent the insanity of no deal Brexit. The second task is to revoke Article 50. A simple plan but one I can see that would not appeal to deranged Brexiteers. Still day by day we advance, the cries of the Brexit Lib Dems ( all two of them) , tagalongs and Lexi are dying down on this site, I suspect the penny has finally dropped that this party is not for turning. Principles what fine things, especially if you stick to them.

  • nigel hunter 31st May '19 - 9:47am

    Johnson! I know he is ‘up in court’ (possibly?) But should he not be charged with bringing Parliament into disreputation and thus ,like others, be subject to having the 10 thou. petition put in place to open the seat to a by-election?

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