It’s hard for This Writer to believe I’m writing about the Liberal Democrats again, after the Coalition Government and their precipitous fall after last year’s general election.
Despite claims from all sides that the EU referendum result is final, the UK must leave the EU, and the EU won’t want us back afterwards – ever (which seems a little judgemental to me) – Tim Farron has announced that his Liberal Democrats will fight a future general election with a policy to reverse the decision.
Any re-entry into the EU is likely to be on extremely unkind terms, but that’s what we get for voting ‘Leave’ on the basis of a pack of lies – as Mr Farron pointed out.
As a result of this policy, it seems the Liberal Democrats are enjoying a membership surge – up 8,000 and more in the last five days, according to some commentators.
Tim Farron, the leader of the Liberal Democrats, has vowed to fight the next general election, which he believes “could be very soon”, on a pledge to stop Brexit.
Voters deserve the chance to rethink their decision now the EU debate has moved from the abstract to the visceral, threatening jobs and living standards, he said.
The MP said he respected the result, but added that it was perfectly legitimate to put the question to the British people at an election, because the country was out of control and the campaign had been fought on lies.
“I think it is right that in a general election we say to the British people that if you want to get out of the increasing economic mess that we find ourselves in, where we have lost control, [where] we are at the mercy of markets, people’s jobs are going, people’s livelihoods are being destroyed and we are not taking back control … And the fact that the key tenets of the leave campaign are now proved to be lies … it would prove legitimate for the Liberal Democrats to go into the next election and say we offer you a chance to reconsider,” he said.
To the suggestion that this was undemocratic, he replied: “On that basis we would never have re-run the 1975 referendum”, when the UK voted to remain in what was then the European Economic Community.
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