LibLink: Tim Farron: British voters must have the final say on the Brexit deal

In today’s Guardian, Tim Farron sets out the case for the people to decide in a referendum whether they wish to accept the terms of Brexit or remain in the EU after all.

He sets out what Theresa May is up to:

Theresa May’s tactic is clear: to accuse anyone who dares question her headlong, blindfold charge towards hard Brexit of being democracy deniers. This despite it looking increasingly likely that the result of her reckless, divisive Brexit will be to leave the single market and not reduce immigration – the very opposite of what Brexiteers pitched to the people.

Then he sets out the case for a referendum on the deal:

It was May’s choice to plumb for the hardest and most divisive Brexit, taking us out of the single market before she has even tried to negotiate. That’s why we believe the people should have the final say. Someone will: it will either be politicians or the people. If the people decide they don’t like the deal on offer, they should have the option to remain in the European Union.

This is simply too big to trust to politicians. May wants to hijack David Cameron’s mandate from the general election to deliver hard Brexit. Meanwhile, the recent tough talk from Keir Starmer won’t hide Labour’s feeble deeds: voting for Brexit, failing to stick up for the right of EU nationals to remain, and even now only really threatening to abstain rather than vote against the final deal. I have heard of loyal opposition, but this is craven.

And he points out that the outcome is likely to be far from what people voted for – and that’s going to be the fault of blinkered ministers:

That agreement will depend on the consent of parliaments (and in some cases, regional parliaments) of 27 member states. It could take years. And that’s if Whitehall has the capacity: some have suggested it needs an additional 30,000 civil servants. So much for a Brexit saving, and £350m a week extra for the NHS, and so much for a government taking back control. Steve Woolcock, the expert leading the training for the negotiations, has said Britain risks signing poor deals because ministers are failing to recognise the sheer complexity of Brexit.

He goes on to outline the severe consequences for trade, business and jobs. You can read the whole article here.

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  • A disaster for us all. Utterly ashamed of the British public, the Tories, Labour and UKIP right now standing up for immoral protectionism.

    Proud to stand up for our global liberal corporate values.

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