Sunday, 23 April 2017

No coalition, say Lib Dems.

Explicitly ruling out coalition with either Tories or Labour, in his email headed 'No to Jeremy. No to Theresa.'  LibDem leader Tim Farron informs party members thus:

"I want to make this clear.

"The Liberal Democrats will not enter into any coalition deal with either Theresa May’s Conservatives or Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party.

"On Thursday 8th of June, every vote for the Liberal Democrats is a vote to change the direction of our country and stop a hard Brexit.

"The reasons for this decision are simple.

"Under no conditions can we sign up to Theresa May's Hard Brexit agenda; a hard Brexit will be a disaster for Britain. It risks crashing our economy and leaving us isolated on the global stage.

"And Jeremy Corbyn would be a disaster for the country - he has no plan for the country, our economy and offers no leadership – and as Labour leader, every time it has mattered he has given Theresa May a blank cheque on Brexit.

"Over the next 46 days, we're going to offer the British people a real alternative and a vision of a Britain that is open, tolerant and united.

"Together, we are going to elect more Liberal Democrat MPs and change the direction of our country.

"Let’s make it happen."

It's good to have this spelt out so clearly, although it's hard to see how the results of the Brexit referendum can be implemented whilst staying in the single market and customs union - the so-called 'soft Brexit'. The single market at present demands free movement of people within member countries, and it was this that swayed many if not most voters in the referendum.

Somehow, I want to see Scotland remain in the UK, and the UK remain in the EU. This is why it is so important that after Brexit negotiations and before implementation, another referendum on the final terms should be called. The people started Brexit talks and they should have the right to vote on its conclusion.