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Play-by-play account of last week’s defeat on the Withdrawal Bill

Last Wednesday (April 26th) The Government suffered its largest defeat so far on the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill.  This Cross Party amendment, led by Lord Tyler for the Lib Dems, which is now added to the Bill, raises the legal bar which Ministers must meet in order to exercise “Henry VIII” and other executive powers

The Government’s Bill previously read:

A Minister of the Crown may by regulations make such provision as the Minister considers appropriate to prevent, remedy or mitigate….. any failure or deficiency arising from the withdrawal of the united kingdom from the EU.

The amendment altered this to read:

A Minister

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The dream of a wonderful Brexit

Much has been written about the negative feeling which drove Brexit, but it easy to forget that there is a positive and indeed a romantic aspect too. We fondly cherish the wartime image of Britain carrying the torch of liberty, standing alone against the dark forces which were engulfing the continent.

Beyond that, Britain still retains a dim but influential memory of its empire, of the great and global power we once were. The pens I used as a child at school were inscribed “empire made”, and it was an empire on which the sun never set. Europe, where was that? You might learn a little French if you were lucky but certainly not German, and in any case everyone should speak English.

In those days, just after the war, all Germans were regarded with suspicion and it was not until I was older and travelled to Germany that I realised they were normal human beings. The crucial experience for me came in my early twenties, when I took part in an international workcamp. For the first time, among young people from all over Europe, I realised what it meant to be British.

But for many who voted Leave, the opposite holds true: you can only be truly British by keeping the other nationalities at arm’s length. Why is that? Perhaps because sadly, there are millions of older Britons who have never had the opportunity to go abroad, unlike the modern generation. Why go abroad anyway, when Britain is the only country that matters, and Brexit will restore all our past glories?

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WATCH: Catherine Bearder and Vince Cable speak ahead of March for Europe #ExitfromBrexit

There are times when living 400 miles from London is a right pain. I’d have loved to be marching with the Liberal Democrats in the March for Europe in London today but an extra trip the week before Conference is way beyond my budget.

“We continue to oppose Brexit” says Vince, describing the Government’s strategy as “train crash in slow motion.” His language on this is becoming stronger all the time. He’s also developing a very strong message for the party that is not about Brexit – putting the reduction of inequality front and centre of the Liberal Democrat agenda

Catherine Bearder talked about how we had consistently opposed Brexit before, during and after the Referendum.

Watch both their pre-march speeches below.

The full text of Vince’s remarks is below.

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  • User AvatarJohn Marriott 8th Aug - 12:48pm
    @David Raw Aye, lad and wasn’t Boris Johnson born in New York? He could be ticking off his list towards becomIng ‘World King’.
  • User AvatarJohn Marriott 8th Aug - 12:43pm
    You cannot be serious! “Liberals are the setters of political paradigms”. ?? I bet that will go down well on the doorstep, especially in Blackpool!
  • User AvatarSimon McGrath 8th Aug - 12:38pm
    Can you give us a rough costing please - to say the nearest £10bn ?
  • User AvatarMarco 8th Aug - 12:36pm
    Labour are still behind the Tories in the polls and a You Gov poll has Starmer 1% behind Johnson for who would make the best...
  • User AvatarRichard Easter 8th Aug - 12:13pm
    Marco No I don't think is unfair. Starmer has managed to gain a positive reputation throughout the pandemic. Davey has consistently negative ratings. This does...
  • User AvatarRichard Easter 8th Aug - 12:07pm
    I am a big supporter of any methods we can work on to get the Tories out. I have said before that I see nothing...