16 October 2020 – today’s press releases

  • PM’s no deal comments further reveal his incompetence
  • Davey: PM must bring back a deal that protects jobs and livelihoods

PM’s no deal comments further reveal his incompetence

Responding to reports that the Prime Minister has said it’s time to ‘get ready’ for no deal, Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesperson Christine Jardine said:

Boris Johnson’s handling of Brexit has been disastrous and these reckless comments are just further evidence of the Prime Minister’s incompetence. It has been more than four years since the referendum and yet here we are with a potential no deal and less than three months until the transition period ends.

At a time when the UK is already facing the biggest crisis in generations as a result of coronavirus, we cannot afford to crash out of the EU without a deal in place or to accept a rushed, bad deal. The Government cannot allow people’s livelihoods to be put further at risk, when so many are already struggling to get by.

The Liberal Democrats will continue to hold the Conservative Government to account as Ministers fail to deliver what they promised, and try and ensure we get the best deal available.

Davey: PM must bring back a deal that protects jobs and livelihoods

Responding to the news the government has ended talks with the EU, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said:

Last December the Prime Minister told voters he had an oven ready deal with the EU. Just ten months later he tells us he has finished the talks without a deal.

We are now on the cusp of a bad trade deal or no trade deal – either of which will hit jobs and businesses hard, just when Britain is already suffering from the biggest economic crisis for three hundred years.

The Prime Minister must get back around the table and bring back a deal that protects jobs and livelihoods, already hit by the coronavirus crisis. To do otherwise would be a dereliction of his duty as Prime Minister.

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  • Graham Smith 17th Oct '20 - 12:09am

    The PM is completely irresponsible – in my opinion. First of all there was the Internal Markets Bill. Which has soured the talks and could result in legal trouble. Only it is not the PM who’s being sued, it is the country. It is not just the PMs reputation that is being mired here. It is the UK. It is the people of the UK.

    Well, not in my name, and not in the names of millions of fellow country people who want a good and friendly relationship with our nearest neighbours, whether they voted leave or remain. I can’t imagine any of them being OK with the way he is poisoning our relationship.

    I wonder what will happen if on the 1st of January, thousands of lorry drivers and hauliers and SMEs are not BREXIT ready. And, when the government asks “Why are you not ready? Why have you not made the changes?” And they say “They were too complicated. We did not understand them. – You are the government. You sort it out.”

    I sincerely hope it doesn’t come to that. That is why he must be called out. It is completely uncontentious, – in my opinion. To agree to the level playing field. Doing so will not hurt us at all. I’m sure that the EU may then be prepared to meet us half way on fisheries. Then we could negotiate a Customs relationship which will ease border crossings.

    I don’t think the PM has the right to make decisions that are not in the best interest of the country and he should not be the face of the UK which other countries see. I think the opposition have given him enough rope. It is no good waiting to see if he hangs himself. We need a vote of no confidence. It’s time has come.

  • John Marriott 17th Oct '20 - 9:24am

    In our present economic state there is currently no deal that is better than the one we have decided to walk away from. Whether that situation remains for ever is a different matter.

    However, a decision was taken, with which I did not agree; but I have learned to live with it. What I can’t stand is the deluded ‘Britannia rules the waves’ exceptionalism displayed by the PM down to the lowest ranks in our society, who really still do think that the world does owe us a living.

    I am sure that experts like our socialist guest contributor, Mr Peter Martin, will continue to lecture us that the EU is a doomed project and he might be right in the long term. As a pragmatic EU supporter I have never been in any doubt on which side our collective bread is buttered. Being inside the tent also comes to mind. However, why should we be surprised that Barnier and co are digging their heals in? It’s their club, which we helped them to create and which we are now about to leave. As Macron said yesterday, it’s us leaving them after all. Why should they do us a favour – particularly in his case with a load of stroppy French fishermen breaking down his neck? As Sir Ed said in his acceptance speech, it’s time to “wake up and smell the coffee”.

    I’ll end my morning rant, as I often do, with a reference to yet another ancient pop song. There’s a line in Buddy Holly and the Crickets’ hit “That’ll be the day”, which goes something like; “And if we ever part then I’ll leave you”. That always struck me as being rather unnecessarily chauvinistic. Have we ever thought that some Europeans might actually want to leave US?

  • Nonconformistradical 17th Oct '20 - 9:45am

    @John Marriott
    “What I can’t stand is the deluded ‘Britannia rules the waves’ exceptionalism displayed by the PM down to the lowest ranks in our society, who really still do think that the world does owe us a living.”


  • John Marriott 17th Oct '20 - 9:50am

    Correction time. I got the lyric slightly wrong. The “then”:should have been “and”; but the inference is still clear. As far as the final line of my post is concerned, I could have added “and the same might apply to a few people living in England with reference to Scottish independence”.

  • I totally agree with the previous comments on this country’s negotiations with the EU, and would add that the right wing Brexiters mantra was ” we will be taking back control ” if the previous months are an example of that phenomenon what have we got to worry about?????

  • Has this mess been brought about by the Daily Mail and Express owners and others with ‘vested interests’ ? The Daily Mail owner had an issue over wind generators that Johnson referred to in an article. The Mail owner hit back with a Mail article and Johnson changed his mind. My point is that Johnson is only the stooge for more powerful players who the Tory party. represents. To them Brexit is a way of ‘taking back control’ to maintain the status quo. Johnson is just their mouthpiece.

  • Just thinking. Cannot see us leaving with No Deal, whatever nonsense rhetoric comes from number 10. More likely is COVID provides cover whereby Brexit can be delayed 6 months. If we are fortunate enough to get Biden in and the Senate going Democrat by 2 then this country could face pressure to come to its senses and hold another Referendum next October.

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