7-8 September 2019 – the weekend’s press releases

Swinson: Rudd resignation another blow to Boris Johnson

Responding to the news that Amber Rudd has quit both the cabinet and the Conservative Party, Liberal Democrat Leader Jo Swinson said:

Amber Rudd’s resignation is yet another blow to Boris Johnson and his reckless plans to crash the country out of Europe without a deal. His disregard for the country’s interest and those who are meant to be his colleagues is symbolic of how broken our politics has become.

As this Government continues to decay, the need and urgency to stop Brexit cannot be clearer – we need a people’s vote with the option to remain.

Angela Smith joins the Liberal Democrats (covered here)

Raab shows Govt’s disregard for democracy and the rule of law

This morning Dominic Raab stated that if the bill, which forces Boris Johnson to ask the EU for an extension to rule out no-deal, passes on Monday, the Conservative Government will “test to the limit” what they are required to do.

Following these comments, Liberal Democrat shadow Brexit Secretary Tom Brake said:

Dominic Raab’s comments that the Government will “test to the limit” how they can get around the Bill set to force Boris Johnson to ask for an extension just shows there is no bar for how low they will stoop.

This law, set to pass on Monday, will prevent us dangerously crashing out of Europe without a deal and to try and ignore that is just another authoritarian move by Boris Johnson.

These actions show a total disregard for our democracy and the rule of law. Boris Johnson is trampling on the very values and principles the United Kingdom has been founded upon.

With Boris Johnson so determined to discard our democracy, the Liberal Democrats will keep fighting to prevent a dangerous no-deal, to protect our democracy, and to get us out of this Brexit mess with a People’s Vote.

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  • Richard Underhill 9th Sep '19 - 2:13pm

    I was watching Boris Johnson on tv and his lips were moving.
    He is unlikely to be able to negotiate in secret, for the simple reason that he would be negotiating with other politicians who live in democracies and are bound to report to their own constituencies.
    Leo Varadkar is Fine Gael (centre-right)
    but what if the next Taoiseach is Fianna Fail? (centre-right)
    Political parties evolve over time, which is almost 100 years.
    The Republic of Ireland has a written (codified) constitution, which was modified after a referendum removed the claim to Northern Ireland, replacing it with an aspiration, thereby enabling the Good Friday Agreement, which was also approved by a referendum in Northern Ireland and should remain unaltered.

  • Richard Underhill 10th Sep '19 - 12:10am

    I note the MP for Eastbourne sitting tonight next to Jo Swinson and Tom Brake and welcome that.

  • Richard Underhill. 12th Oct '19 - 8:59am

    BBC tv southeast regional news on 11/10/19 top story Amber Rudd MP will not stand again in Hastings and Rye. She did not say whether she wants to stand anywhere else.
    She still considers herself a Conservative. When she resigned from Boris’ government she had said that she intended to join the 21 to make them 22. She wants to help about 10 of them to rejoin the Conservatives in the Commons, but did not say how or when.
    Olive branches from Boris Johnson and/or Dominic Cummings are not in evidence.
    We know about some of the 21. Before the 2017 election Ken Clarke had announced his intention to retire, Nichols Soames has recently decided to retire, Greg Clark is trying to charm his way back into a state of grace, Rory Stewart considers himself to be still a Conservative, dislikes the Commons and will not stand again to be an MP, will stand as an Independent for Mayor of London, some have joined the Lib Dems and maybe more will, none have joined Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party.

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