31 August – 1 September 2019 – the weekend’s press releases

Good morning, readers, and welcome to the start of another week here at Liberal Democrat Voice! Some of you may have been wondering where this feature got to over August, and the simple answer is that I’ve been away visiting family and looking at glaciers (but not at the same time). And now I’m back…

Stop chasing unicorn Brexit deal

Responding to Michel Barnier rejecting Boris Johnson’s demands for the Irish backstop to be scrapped, Liberal Democrat Shadow Brexit Secretary Tom Brake said;

Boris Johnson’s Brexit chaos is a national embarrassment. With just 60 days to go until we crash out of the EU, we do not have the luxury to wait as the Tories chase their unicorn Brexit deal.

People deserve better than all this uncertainty, not least the very real threat of medicine and food shortages. Parliament must urgently reassert itself, stop Boris Johnson shutting down our democracy and end the threat of a no-deal.

Ultimately, there is no deal better than the deal we have as members of the EU. That’s why Liberal Democrats continue to fight to give the people the opportunity to stop Brexit with a people’s vote.

Gove has sold his soul to the devil

Responding to Michael Gove’s refusal to rule out ignoring any law passed by Parliament to stop a no-deal, Liberal Democrat Shadow Brexit Secretary Tom Brake said:

We are in real threat of our democracy being silenced. This authoritarian power grab must be stopped.

From shutting down Parliament to ignoring expert warnings today from the British Retail Consortium on the danger of food ashortages, it appears Michael Gove has sold his soul to the devil.

Liberal Democrats demand better. We will do everything we can to stand up for people and give them the final say on Brexit, with the option to remain in the EU.

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  • Simon Horner 2nd Sep '19 - 10:09am

    I fear that the remainers and “anti no-deal” forces could be walking into a trap this week. If the Johnston regime succeeds in engineering its own defeat by kicking out the Tory moderates, and the Labour Party (currently averaging about 23% in the polls) still insists on a general election, there will be the required two-thirds majority for this in the Commons. The election could be held just before Brexit day.

    There is already evidence that the Tories are winning back Brexit Party supporters and their current polling average, in the mid to low 30s, is enough to deliver a comfortable majority against a divided opposition. In addition to the “People versus Parliament” line, they will undoubtedly try to exploit the exhaustion factor. “Vote for us and it’ll all be over in a week or two. Vote for someone else and it’ll drag on and on”. This is nonsense of course – Brexit will dominate UK politics for many years. But I doubt if this message will be believed by the hard-line anti-EU brigade.

    Given that the effects of a no deal Brexit won’t be felt until after it happens, and the opposition will be a Tower of Babel of hard remainers, people who support some combination of single market/customs union membership, Labour “new” dealers and ex-Tory “old” dealers, a Johnston victory followed immediately by no-deal Brexit is surely the most likely outcome.

    I think the combined opposition should be doing everything possible this week to avoid falling into the General Election trap – but I’m not optimistic.

  • Bill le Breton 2nd Sep '19 - 10:17am

    The Tories remind me of someone desperate to sell their house by 31st October 2019 knowing that there is dry rot in the cellar.

    On the 1st of November they know that the Brexit Party fungus will start appearing in ever greater force in every constituency and their game will be up.

  • Barry Lofty 2nd Sep '19 - 10:33am

    Sadly I have to agree with Simon Horner whatever the powers behind Boris Johnson are they are not fools, there is nothing they want more than a General Election on their terms. The opposition parties and rebel Conservatives must bury their differences and fight together to save our democracy. The past does not give one much faith of this happening but I live in hope!!!

  • Simon Horner: do not fall for the media obsession about an election, there will be another government led by Clarke taking over in the 14 day post no confidence.

  • William Fowler 2nd Sep '19 - 11:05am

    So an election just before Brexit Day… that would make it impossible for the EU to offer a deal and probably mean the new PM, if not Boris, would have to revoke article 50 due to lack of time to do anything else, which might just give the LibDems a nice boost if they stood on revoke.

    The problem with a Brexit election, whoever won would then have free reign to do the other stuff in their manifesto, be it a much smaller state or nationalizing most of the country depending on who won. This would just about finish off the democratic process. unless the LibDem’s won on a very lite manifesto with perhaps PR the other ingredient,

  • What will a people’s vote achieve? The party has already destroyed the credibility of this once important instrument of our democracy. We have had a vote which produced a clear result and this result was rejected by Cables. Ms Swinson has stated that if a second vote produces the same result, that too will be rejected.

    It seems the party is intent on destroying our democracy.

  • Paul Barker 2nd Sep '19 - 12:51pm

    It does look like Johnson is going for an early Election.
    Our best strategy for that Election is a straightforward Revoke, drop the idea of a 3rd Referendum altogether.
    On the basis of the Polls now, The Tories will win with a solid Majority.
    Perhaps we should be offering other Parties (including Labour ) an Electoral Alliance based on Revoke ?

  • William Fowler 2nd Sep '19 - 1:27pm

    Revoke plus PR plus electronic voting… Labour are going the Marxist root of wealth confiscation and LibDems should have nothing to do with them, the smaller parties a different matter.

  • @paul

    finally we have something that we can agree on.

    I think this is much more of an honest approach for an anti brexit party.

    Trust must be restored in politics and this is the only way to do it and thats coming from a strong brexiteer

  • Nicholas Horne 2nd Sep '19 - 3:53pm

    An electoral alliance based on revoke is now the only possible, quite apart from being the most honest, way through this maze. In my opinion, a third referendum could be shockingly counterproductive.

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