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Lib Dems bid to break Brexit deadlock with December 9th election

October 27, 2019 11:17 AM


The Liberal Democrats have made a bid to break the Brexit deadlock by taking no deal off the table and proposing a general election to be held on December 9th.

Liberal Democrats have led the campaign for a people's vote in this parliament and still believe this is the best way forward to stop Brexit but currently we have not been able to get enough support in parliament to do this. Therefore, in order to break the Brexit deadlock and to block Boris Johnsons' current deal which, is very damaging to our country, Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson has proposed a Bill to amend the Fixed Term Parliament Act and bring forward an election on December 9th.

Quoted in the Guardian, Jo Swinson said:

"Boris Johnson has missed his 'do-or-die' deadline and is now asking parliament to give him a general election and time for him to ram through his Brexit bill through parliament. That is a bad deal, and Liberal Democrats will not vote for it. We need to get Boris Johnson out of office, unlock the gridlock in parliament and give people the chance to vote to stay in the EU.

"A general election on our proposed timetable would take no-deal off the table and give the public the chance to elect a Liberal Democrat government who will revoke article 50 or increase the number of MPs who support a People's Vote."

Florence MacDonald, Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Camborne, Redruth and Hayle added:

"Like many of you, I have grown tired, frustrated and angry at the games being played in Parliament that are making a mockery of our democracy.

"I passionately believe that the best possible deal is the one we have right now as members of the EU. Both the deal currently on offer and a no deal would be disastrous for our economy, for our fishing and farming industries and for Cornwall, who receives significant EU funding.

"For the last three years we have worked tirelessly to achieve a people's vote - a confirmatory referendum on a deal with the option to remain once the facts of a deal are known. Sadly, it is clear that with this current Parliament and without the backing of Labour, we will not achieve this.

"So we are putting a plan forward that will enable us to stop Brexit and form a Liberal Democrat government through an election. Only then can we give Cornwall the fairer funding we need to support our schools, our NHS and our environment.

"Our MP, George Eustice, has failed on all of these issues and has repeatedly supported Boris Johnson's do or die approach to a no deal Brexit. Labour have continued to sit on the fence and by seeking further re-negotiations will only continue and contribute to the deadlock in Parliament.

"I would welcome a general election as an opportunity to change the direction of Cornwall's politics, to stop Brexit and make our voices heard.

"As MP, I will stand for remaining in the EU. As MP, I will stand up for Cornwall and work collaboratively to tackle climate change.

"To support my campaign please get in touch www.crhlibdems.org.uk/volunteer or make a donation."