5 December 2018 – today’s press releases

I see that one of my colleagues has gotten here first… but here’s the list in full…

  • Govt plan to trap Britain on a never-ending Brexit hamster wheel (as published here)
  • Lib Dems: Asylum seekers need action, not a review of rights
  • Corbyn too in pockets of the unions to back a People’s Vote

Lib Dems: Asylum seekers need action, not a review of rights

In the Chamber this afternoon, Home Secretary Sajid Javid was asked about lifting the ban on asylum seekers working in the UK.

He said “We currently have no plans to change that arrangement but it is one of the areas that I would like to review.”

Responding to these comments, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs spokesperson Ed Davey said:

I’m pleased to hear that the Home Secretary is open to lifting the ban, but asylum seekers don’t need a review. They need action now.

Along with employers, charities and refugees, the Liberal Democrats are demanding better for asylum seekers. We are calling on the Government to give them the right to work while their cases are decided.

This would give asylum seekers a sense of dignity and more money, as well as enabling them to contribute to the Exchequer and saving taxpayers money.

Corbyn too in pockets of the unions to back a People’s Vote

Responding to reports that the Unite leader Len McCluskey warned Labour MPs not to support a People’s Vote, Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesperson Tom Brake said:

Corbyn is still sitting on the fence while the rest of us dig in and try and get the UK out of this chaos.

The Labour leadership need reminding of the policy their members passed at conference – to hold a People’s Vote – but are too deep in the pockets of the union paymasters to disobey their diktat.

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  • Bill le Breton 6th Dec '18 - 8:37am

    If you are determined to see the iron bars of a Hamster cage you will see them.

    Andrew Duff has written an important paper which should be read and digested before the vote: http://www.epc.eu/documents/uploads/pub_8878_brexit_revelation.pdf?doc_id=2076

    He is critical of the Lib Dems, writing “Lib Dems, having ditched their support for the previous referendum now want another one, deciding to oppose the Barnier package deal before seeing it.”

    But don’t let that put you off. His title is “Brexit: From revelation
    to re-accession.”

    It is a shame that our best thinker on Europe was ignored prior to the EU 2014 elections, and has been ignored thereafter.

  • David Becket 6th Dec '18 - 11:18am

    Andrew Duff’s paper is worth reading, and gives food for thought. The case he puts is worth considering, it is one way of avoiding civil unrest next spring.
    Logical thought is needed to work through Andrew’s proposals and come up with a way forward. Are there any logical thinkers leading our party?

  • Yeovil Yokel 6th Dec '18 - 11:52am

    …..”civil unrest next Spring.” Steady on, David, this is not France.

  • David Becket 6th Dec '18 - 12:11pm

    @ Yeovil
    The tabloids are starting to stir things up, the Express in particular is using language likely to inflame

  • Yeovil Yokel 6th Dec '18 - 1:46pm

    This threat of civil unrest is a bluff, David, designed to intimidate Remainers. Who would lead the revolt: Boris, with his fear of the mob? Jacob, with his disdain for ordinary people? Nigel, with his dodgy back? Who would provide funds & social media support: President Polonium (aka Vladimir Novichok)? What would they attack the police with: rolled-up copies of the Daily Telegraph?
    Rioting is a young person’s proclivity, and I can’t see many young British people rioting in favour of Brexit.

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