7 October 2019 – today’s press releases

  • Lib Dems: Govt grovelling over food standards to try and secure US trade deal
  • Swinson: Corbyn could be the block to stopping a No Deal
  • Heidi Allen joins the Liberal Democrats (see here)

Lib Dems: Govt grovelling over food standards to try and secure US trade deal

Responding to the reports from a leaked document stating that the Department for International Trade will try to lower the UK’s food standards to secure a trade deal with the United States, Liberal Democrat shadow Foreign Secretary Chuka Umunna said:

The promises made by Boris Johnson and the Conservative Government that the UK would have a whole host of trade deals in place by Brexit day have now long been seen to be nonsense, however this desperation by Liz Truss represents a new low.

This leak shows how Government ministers are willing to abandon safety standards on the food we feed our families in a hopeless attempt to try and replace the trade we will lose as members of the European Union.

The Tories’ vision of Global Britain is in tatters. Our position on the world stage is no longer being a leader in minimum standards to protect people’s welfare, but instead we are witnessing our Government try to roll these back or abandon them entirely.

This grovelling to Donald Trump to get a trade deal must stop. The route out of this mess is to stop Brexit and the Liberal Democrats will continue to lead this fight.

Swinson: Corbyn could be the block to stopping a No Deal

Leader of the Liberal Democrats Jo Swinson has today warned that Jeremy Corbyn could be “the biggest block to stopping a No Deal Brexit” following the Labour leadership refusing to back any interim Prime Minister but Jeremy Corbyn.

Leader of the Liberal Democrats Jo Swinson said:

Liberal Democrats are absolutely prepared to go forward with a government of national unity. The country needs that as an insurance option to ensure we have a Prime Minister who will actually obey the rule of law and request an extension of Article 50.

That Prime Minister could be anybody that commands the confidence of the House of Commons. Jeremy Corbyn doesn’t have the numbers to command a majority and until he accepts that fact he could end up being the biggest block to stopping a No Deal Brexit.

The Liberal Democrats remain determined to stop Brexit, because the best deal possible is the one we have right now as members of the European Union.

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5 Comments

  • No-deal Brexit would ‘push national debt to levels last seen in 60s’
    IFS says public borrowing will more than double next year whatever the Brexit result…..
    Coming as the prime minister increases funding for healthcare, schools and police, the IFS said a mini-boom in public spending would be followed by another bust because the government would likely struggle to handle the impact of no-deal Brexit, which would shrink the size of the economy and cause debt levels to rise.

    In a warning that a new wave of austerity could be introduced in the future to limit further debt increases, Paul Johnson, the director of the IFS, said: “You could well be on an upward spiral of debt and deficit – and in a world in which we have to go through another period of austerity to undo it.”…….

    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/oct/08/no-deal-brexit-would-push-national-debt-to-levels-last-seen-in-60s

    Now my dear Brexi’s and Lexi’s if we need a new period if austerity, obviously the poor and disabled would get another kicking, but there isn’t a lot to kick, so they may very well have to kick the pensioner’s; can’t see the triple lock surviving. “Be careful what you wish for it may come true” is a saying that will haunt you; still lots of you wanted to return to the 60’s

    Reflecting on the 2016 Brexit vote, Sir Paul said the arguments made during the campaign had been “all crazy promises”.

    “What put me off was that I was meeting a lot of older people, kind of pretty much my generation.

    “And they were going, ‘All right Paul – it’s going to be like it was in the old days, we’re going to go back.’ And it was like, ‘Yeah? Oh, I’m not sure about that.’ And that attitude was very prevalent.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-49756190

  • In these dark days we are faced with the decision whether to laugh or cry, I’m trying to laugh ( all be it a little hystetically). Still today Lexit Larry Elliot made me laugh, in his coloum in the Guardian.

    It’s politics before economics for Merkel
    Do you really want to risk a no-deal Brexit at a time when your economy is in such poor shape? That, no doubt, would have been the message from Boris Johnson to Angela Merkel had the German chancellor been able to find a slot in her diary for a face-to-face meeting with the prime minister this week.

    Recent data from Europe’s biggest economy has indeed been dire. The latest dollop of bad news – a 6.7% fall in factory orders – leaves Germany teetering on the brink of recession. This is not a good time for BMW, Siemens or Bosch and a no-deal Brexit will make matters worse.

    Yet while Merkel is rightly worried about the economy, she is not worried enough to put pressure on fellow EU leaders to accept Johnson’s proposals as the basis of a deal. For now, politics matters more than economics.

    Poor, poor Larry still trying too desperately push the “They need us, more than we need them” meme, coupled with the “The German car firms will force Merkel to cut us a deal”. My dear Brexi’s and Lexi’s over two years after the referendum you still don’t get it, they won’t trash their principles for you and no amount of “We are special” will change that. A reality check and my how reality shreds your delusions. In the end all you will be left is the cry ” Tis not fair, bad EU” and that won’t pay the rent or the pensions.

  • nigel hunter 8th Oct '19 - 10:03am

    We became the sick man of Europe in the 70s. Are we to become the sick man of the 20s. One under Labour .One onder Tories? Brexit is a disaster. Revoke article 50

  • Arnold Kiel 8th Oct '19 - 11:50am

    frankie,

    German industry is relaxed about a no-deal Brexit, because it cannot lose: Britons will still buy (of course less and smaller) cars at higher prices (GBP decline and additional tariffs), but without local content. The rest of Europe, and Germany more than others, will gain the value-added of the extinct UK supply-chain elements. Japanese brands will lose UK-share to European ones due to plant closures, and the Mini made in the Netherlands will keep the Union-Jack taillights. The net effect for German industry will be negligible, possibly even positive.

  • The rest of Europe, and Germany more than others, will gain the value-added of the extinct UK supply-chain elements.
    Actually, Arnold the rest of Europe is already gaining from the UK!
    The EU (from an EU27 perspective) did exactly the right thing and started both no deal planning and raising no deal awareness in the EU27, the Dutch Customs Office took some practical steps… Letter From Nanette — Or How Brexit Came Home

    Whilst the article is just one very small example, it illustrates the point Brexit is already hitting the UK’s future balance of trade regardless of whether the UK leaves or remains…

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