Stop Destructive Brexit

Tom Holder's Thankyou!

  • Article: Aug 21, 2017

    Each Brexit paper the government releases leaves us with more questions than answers. Even Brussels must have had enough of this waffle by now.

    Why are ministers hell-bent on ripping up this system and plunging British citizens abroad and EU citizens here into uncertainty?

    The government have released their latest Brexit position paper on civil judicial cooperation.

  • The Week in Politics - Jo Swinson and Vince Cable
    Article: Aug 21, 2017

    Your round up of all the latest news, views and updates from the Liberal Democrats.

    It's been another busy week for Lib Dem MPs and campaigners. Here's what we've been up to, in case you missed it...

    Saturday 12th August

    Government release figures claiming that exports of sunglasses, swimwear, flip-flops, card games and ice cream means Brexit will be a success.

    Read the article I want an exit from Brexit

    Sunday 13th August

    Vince Cable on Westminster Hour - if you oppose an extreme, hard Brexit, work with us to stop it.

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    Monday 14th August

    Lib Dem Justice Spokesperson Jonathan Marks backs calls for urgent action to address the backlog of people serving prison sentences with no fixed release date.

    Read the article

    Tuesday 15th August

    Vince Cable calls on the Government to withdraw Donald Trump's invitation for an official state visit.

    Read the article

    Wednesday 16th August

    Vince tells us about very good cake.

    While Brexit Secretary David Davis has some questions to answer on future customs arrangements.

    Read the article I want an exit from Brexit

    Thursday 17th August

    Layla Moran wishes students receiving their A Level results all the best.

    Norman Lamb calls on the Government to recommit to closing mixed-sex wards, instead of turning a blind eye.

    Read the article

    Lib Dem Sally-Anne Jarvis wins a by-election in Southcourt ward, Aylesbury Vale. Lib Dem vote is up in Peterborough and Aylesbury Riverside.

    Friday 18th August

    Vince Cable hits out at the Government's environmental irresponsibility in selling off the Green Investment Bank

    Read the article I want action on Climate Change

    Vince pays tribute to Bruce Forsyth, who has died aged 89.

  • Article: Aug 21, 2017

    David Davis is sowing the seeds of more chaos with these short-sighted and short-termist plans.

    British businesses are being hung out to dry, with no long-term certainty they'll be able to carry on selling goods freely to the EU. Meanwhile the trade in services that provides the bedrock of the UK economy is being overlooked.

    Nothing would provide businesses and consumers with more certainty than staying in the Single Market and Customs Union. That is the option this government should be pursuing if it was serious about protecting jobs and free trade.

  • Article: Aug 20, 2017

    Sir Paul Jenkins has called Theresa May's Brexit strategy 'foolish' for hoping to distance the UK from the European Court of Justice whilst maintaining the benefits of the single market.

    If the UK is to be part of something close enough to a customs union or the single market to remove the need for hard borders, it will only work if the rules are identical to the EU's own internal rules.

    Sir Paul Jenkins
  • Article: Aug 20, 2017

    David Davis promised us 'the row of the summer' over the Brexit timetable, only to capitulate weeks later to the EU's preferred timetable after a disastrous general election for his party which vastly undermined their negotiating position.

    To be now, a couple of months down the line, trying to reopen the issue reeks of desperation at an approaching economic storm and a cabinet who don't have a clue.

  • Article: Aug 19, 2017

    A renowned scientist such as Stephen Hawking questioning your evidence might normally be cause to think again, but sadly it looks as though Jeremy Hunt has joined the chorus of those who have had enough of experts.

    Hunt had cherry-picked research to justify his argument. For a scientist, cherry-picking evidence is unacceptable.

    Stephen Hawking
  • Article: Aug 18, 2017

    The Government's sale of the Green Investment Bank (GIB), which was completed today, is environmentally irresponsible.

    The Government confirmed today Macquarie Group Limited has now completed its purchase of the GIB for £2.3bn, which will now be known as the Green Investment Group (GIG).

    I launched the Bank in 2012, during my time as Business Secretary. Its environmental mission is now in danger of disappearing, I am calling for Parliament to ensure commitments to protect green investment in the UK are kept.

  • Article: Aug 17, 2017

    Over the summer, we heard that Philip Hammond was courageously fighting off the more extreme Brexiteers. Supposedly he was looking for a compromise to keep Britain within the customs union and single market as long as possible.

    The rebellion didn't last very long. He has now teamed up with one of the more extreme and ideological supporters of a 'Hard Brexit.

    It is now painfully clear who calls the shots in the Cabinet; it isnt' the Chancellor.

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Thank you all for your support over the election period; friends, family and the many, many dedicated campaigners I've worked with.

The Liberal Democrats have seen their number of seats rise from 8 in 2015 to 12 in 2017 - though we have lost many great MPs in the process.

While the results make the Brexit negotiations difficult for Theresa May, I am glad she can no longer pretend to have the country behind her as she charges towards a Hard Brexit with a "We don't need your deal" attitude. There was never going to be a Brexit deal that was better for the British people than the one we have remaining in the EU - our best chance now is to soften the blow by remaining as close to the EU as possible. Pressure from Theresa May's slim majority may make that possible.

We live in uncertain times. Remaining an open and tolerant society is crucial as we move forward into the unknown.

Thank you everyone!