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.”
Tim Styles, Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for St Austell and Newquay added:
It’s looking increasingly difficult to secure a referendum so the only way we can settle this Brexit chaos is to have a general election. We have consistently been the leading party of ‘remain’ and we will fight on our manifesto pledge to revoke Article 50 and stop Brexit once and for all. The electorate know where they stand with the Lib Dems, our message is clear which is more than can be said for either Corbyn or Johnson.”