Lib Dems won’t get a second EU referendum – but they are keeping the idea of overturning Brexit alive

The Lib Dems have called for a second EU referendum on the final deal in December 2018 [Image: Andy Rain/EPA].

There won’t be a second referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union while the Conservatives are in office – the Tories have too much at stake for that.

They want to use our departure to strip working people of their employment – and human – rights.

Those of us who cannot afford shares in FTSE500 companies will have to work hard to pay for the few public services the Tories will deign to provide for our tax money.

Meanwhile, those who can afford such shares will be invited to enjoy tax haven status, so we will be paying for the services they enjoy.

Nice, eh?

And the simple fact is that the original referendum was crooked.

We weren’t given factual information – most of the factual claims by the ‘Leave’ campaign have been shown to be inaccurate, its forecasts unlikely to be true, judging by the downturns across the economy.

We were subjected to propaganda from foreign sources that were trying to affect the referendum result for their own purposes. The fact that this involved them campaigning for the UK to leave the EU speaks volumes about the likely effect on this country’s well-being.

And the maejor campaigning organisations overspent their budgets, in violation of Electoral Commission rules – because they did not think they could win the vote by argument alone.

For the above reasons, This Writer believes the 2016 EU referendum should be declared void.

I don’t see any reason to hold another.

Britain could have a second EU referendum as an early Christmas present in 2018, the Liberal Democrats have said, proposing a lengthy 12-week campaign starting in September to give the UK the option to accept a deal or stay in the EU.

The party said holding a referendum on the final deal – which the government has repeatedly ruled out – in December was compatible with the tight timetable of EU withdrawal, falling within the article 50 timeframe of two years, which will end in March 2019.

The Lib Dem leader, Vince Cable, said a referendum should be timed to coincide with EU states’ own votes on the final agreement.

The party’s proposed timing for a referendum would mean a final deal needing to be agreed in time for campaigning to kick off in September, just nine months away.

Critics have argued that a second referendum would be an incentive for European leaders to give the UK a poor exit deal.

Source: Lib Dems call for second EU referendum in December 2018 | Politics | The Guardian

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