8 November 2019 – today’s press releases

  • Lib Dems: If the PM thinks NI deal is so good – why doesn’t the rest of the UK have it?
  • Lib Dems: BBC now complicit in establishment stitch-up to exclude Remain voice

Lib Dems: If the PM thinks NI deal is so good – why doesn’t the rest of the UK have it?

Responding to comments made by Boris Johnson that Northern Ireland has got a great deal by keeping access to the Single Market and free movement, Liberal Democrat Shadow Brexit Secretary Tom Brake said:

The Single Market and freedom of movement are a great deal – even Boris Johnson recognises this – so why isn’t he keeping them for the whole of the UK as part of the many benefits of EU membership?

It is clear that the best deal for the UK is the one we have now: in the EU.

That is why a Liberal Democrat government will revoke Article 50 on day one. It’s time to Stop Brexit and build a brighter future.

Lib Dems: BBC now complicit in establishment stitch-up to exclude Remain voice

Responding to news that the BBC will run a head-to-head debate between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn on 6 December 2019, Jo Swinson, Leader of the Liberal Democrats said:

The BBC are now complicit in another establishment stitch up to shut down debate on the most important issue for generations: Brexit.

Millions of people voted to Remain in 2016. After three years of chaos, it is shocking that the Liberal Democrats – the strongest party of Remain – are being denied the opportunity to challenge Johnson and Corbyn on Brexit.

Once again, the leaders of the Tories and Labour are running scared of debating the most important issue for generations.

The Liberal Democrats are fighting to stop Brexit. We will pursue all options, including legal action, to ensure that our voice is heard in televised leaders’ debates.

It should not be in the gift of any political party to decide whether the public deserve the opportunity to scrutinise those who seek to lead this country. That is why TV debates should be mandatory, and the format should be decided by an independent commission.

A Liberal Democrat government will ensure that an independent commission is tasked with creating the format for future mandatory debates.”

The Liberal Democrats are offering hope with our plan to Stop Brexit and generate a £50 billion Remain Bonus for our UK family of nations. This is about building a brighter future. I will keep fighting to ensure our voice is heard.

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  • Tony Greaves 10th Nov '19 - 4:44pm

    Why don’t we go hard for the BBC? They are a disgrace in their whole approach to “news as entertainment” and not just their long term discrimination against the Liberal Democrats and their love for right-wing populists and worse. This decision is utterly shameful. It’s time we said loud and clear that if the BBC cannot reform itself it should be reformed from outside or its funding stopped. Instead we hide behind the mantra of public service broadcasting when the concept has long departed the BBC. It’s time to stop being wet and waffly and tell it as it is.

  • Not a Radio 4 man, Tony ? And what will you you replace the BBC with if you cut its funding ?

  • Neil Sandison 10th Nov '19 - 6:21pm

    Agree with Tony we should encourage a boycott of the Boris and Jeremy show as boring re-enactment of PMQs which will not under their responsibilites as public broadcasters educate and inform the electorate of the choice of political parties and the range of policies available by each of parties particularly those in the last 2 years who have demonstrated popular public support and gained seats in national polls . It would mean Brexit party also gets coverage but thats a price worth paying for plurality and fairness of political coverage and debate time on national television and radio coverage .

  • I saw a tweet that said Jo Swinson, Ian Blackford and Caroline Lucas should stream a live version of Gogglebox, with the three of them on a sofa giving a running commentary of the B and J show. It’s a good joke, but the more I think about it I’m not sure it isn’t a genius idea! We certainly need to do something on the day that draws attention to our exclusion, and allows us to land our own messages, particularly on Brexit.

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