Jo Swinson on Johnson’s speech: ‘Beneath the bluff & bluster, he’s determined to crash us out of the EU’

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Commenting on PM Johnson’s Manchester speech today, Liberal Democrat leader, Jo Swinson said:

When you strip away the bluff and bluster, this was a speech by a Prime Minister who is determined to crash us out of the EU without a deal.

Fanatically repeating ‘Get Brexit Done’ does not give any comfort to the cancer patient worried about accessing their medication, or the factory worker whose job is on the line. Getting Brexit done puts their lives and their jobs at risk, and that is why Liberal Democrats are working hard to stop it.

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

* Paul Walter is a Liberal Democrat activist. He is one of the Liberal Democrat Voice team. He blogs at Liberal Burblings.

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  • Richard Underhill. 2nd Oct '19 - 6:00pm

    Boris’ speech contains some admissions and a huge obvious fallacy.
    He has been told that nuclear fusion is “on the edge” of success, so that it can produce very cheap energy, possibly free and clean.
    Nuclear fusion happens in the sun and does produce lots of energy which we share.
    It is just possible that the salesmen and women he was talking to would welcome investment from central government, although such investments have produced major losses in the past. In the speech he trimmed ‘verge’ to ‘the verge of the verge’, but how does the upside compare with the downside? Does the science produce good technology? Can the technology be sold? Could a first-world country such as Japan keep it safe? What makes it commercially safe from industrial espionage from, say, China?
    The optimistic business prospects are innumerate, although not illiterate.
    Could we sell oil to Saudi Arabia? There probably are specialist refined oils that they would buy, although they would be selling much larger quantities and values of crude oil. The loyalists at the Tory conference do not all read the Financial Times. Some of them read the Daily Telegraph.
    The FT has said that Saudi Arabia has lots of oil and therefore is not exploring for more. There may be lots more that they have not yet discovered. There may be none at all, but because they were/are not looking they do not know.

  • Peter Hirst 3rd Oct '19 - 2:36pm

    On reading the reasons the Government give for not agreeing to a public enquiry into the conduct of the 2016 referendum, it seems certain that it believes that it is honouring a pledge or pledges given following and during the result. In fact, it feels politically committed to taking us out of the eu, whatever it takes. Only the people can counter this and this is why it is so important that every opportunity is taken for civil society to express what it wants.

  • “the people” could have countered this at an election proposed for October 14th.
    Which opportunity was twice rejected.
    Now try and explain why, remembering throughout that we are as intelligent as you are.

  • Jayne Mansfield 4th Oct '19 - 8:54am

    Surprising honesty from a Liberal Democrat. MP, Jamie Stone. Shocking but not entirely surprising.

    Jeremy Corbyn is the elected leader of the largest opposition party. Whatever one’s personal beliefs, the Liberal Democrat’s approach and lack of respect for Labour and its members and supporters, given that we have a Johnson led Conservative Party who are more than happy to crash us out of the EU without a deal, is both perverse, and if we do crash out of the EU, or leave with a Johnson’s deal, is unforgivable.

    Jeremy Corbyn can be voted out of power, if we leave the EU, that is it.

  • Jayne: Labour and ourselves are in an electoral fight to the finish, one of us is going to end in the “ditch”. JC cannot be given the keys to Downing Street, “the finger on the button issue”, says that. Our leader knows what she is doing, dare I say it unlike JC.

  • What an utterly weird comment, Jayne.

    Boris Johnson is the elected leader of the largest party. According to your logic (sic) I and and other Lib Dems should “respect” him and the Conservative members who put him there. Well I don’t, and I respect Corbyn and the narrow majority of Labour members who voted for him as leader, even less.

  • What we are struggling here with is reality. Labour won’t support GNU without Corbyn and no one else with. him.
    A vonc without an agreement in place could end with an early election and a BoJo majority.
    All those chances to agree May’s deal were thrown away in the hope of total victory. What the British people are left with, thanks to the “no comprises” from both sides is one hopeless mess. Thanks.

  • Jayne Mansfield 4th Oct '19 - 10:32am

    @ Simon Shaw,
    What is weird to some of us Simon, is a party that decided to attack the largest opposition party to the Conservatives and their willingness to put self -preservation before national interest, rather than the party with most chance of stopping a no-deal Brexit. A party with a leader who has come round to accepting the need for a referendum with the final deal/ remaining in the EU on the ballot paper?

  • Why do some Lib Dems appear to bow to comments by other parties that are designed to knock us. We have to stand our ground, we have our position and judging from the overall weekly election results, Lib Dem up and Labour down, it is working.

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