After demanding new referendum incessantly, LibDems now just want to stop Brexit unilaterally
LibDem leader Jo Swinson confirmed on today’s Marr programme that the LibDems – in spite of ‘debating’ the issue at their annual conference today – will revoke Article 50 and ‘cancel Brexit’ if they get into a position to do so.
Marr objected that after demanding a new referendum up to this point, the LibDems want to say to voters, “Forget it, whatever happens you’re not going to get another referendum, you… are not going to get another chance to vote. We’re going to do it after an election and simply cancel the whole thing” and that some of her own MPs believe the LibDems should vote for a Brexit deal.
But Swinson – who admitted that there are no limits to her party political ambition – confirmed that, if forming a government or able to influence one, “…stopping Brexit is exactly what they will get. We will revoke Article 50.”
Marr responded that the LibDems would be disrespecting the votes of 17.5m people to:
simply cancel it out. You treat the whole Brexit episode like some old bullock that you’re going to take into a field and shoot.
With Johnson’s Tories pushing hard for a no-deal Brexit and the LibDems now committed to preventing it altogether, the blue and yellow Tories have left wide open what one senior Labour source called ‘a sanity gap’ for Corbyn to fill:
The LibDems have just abandoned any pretence of wanting ‘more democracy’ to give people a choice – and the Tories want to take everyone over a cliff. Neither gives two hoots for letting people actually have a say.
There’s a massive sanity gap in politics right now and Jeremy is the only one who can fill it. He’s the only one trying to represent the 99% instead of just the 48% or the 52%.
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