Liberal Democrats will abandon political party protocol by joining pro-EU campaigners to protest against Brexit outside this year’s Conservative Party Conference. Activists are planning to stage one of the biggest marches in opposition to Britain leaving the EU when the Tories stage their annual conference in Manchester in October.
They will be joined by the Lib Dems who will break the conventional truce that prevents parties from disrupting other political conferences.
The party said it did not take the decision “lightly”, but said such action was necessary to prevent the Government pressing on with a “harmful” Brexit.
“Brexit is the battle of our lives and it is vital we make the Conservatives see the strength of feeling against their disastrous extreme Brexit, which threatens to crash the economy and damage the life chances of millions,” Tom Brake, the Lib Dem MP for Carshalton and Wallington, said.
“They are heading for the very most reckless of Brexits in the teeth of public opposition to leaving the single market. Liberal Democrats didn’t take the decision lightly to protest at another party’s conference but we can’t ignore the harm Theresa May’s Brexit will do to future generations. Liberal Democrats on the march will protest peacefully and in good spirit but ministers should be under no illusions that a lot of people are very, very angry at their disastrous handling of Brexit, which has made a difficult situation a million times worse.”
The news comes after Lib Dem leader Sir Vince Cable branded older Leave voters as “Brexit jihadis”. The pro-Europe rally is expected to be one of the biggest to date, with thousands believed to be joining anti-Tory and anti-austerity protests on the same day as the Conservative conference begins.
According to Peter French, a campaigner behind Unite for Europe, several anti-Brexit groups were expected to march in Manchester, including protestors from Scotland and Northern Ireland.
“This is our chance to actually let the people in the north of England have their voices heard because they have been neglected in every other way and this is a chance to give them their voice as well,” he told The Guardian.
“And this is a chance to hopefully start to turn this around. Our aim is to actually stop the Brexit process and I think things are beginning to turn in that direction. We have a long fight on our hands but I think it is something that is achievable.”
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Thick Arses = Liberals. How can you expect to stay in the single market and NOT have open border immigration? Silly arses- the EU has always made that rule clear- that's why countries like Norway who are not in the EU - but are in the single market- have to have open borders with the EU!Aug 09th, 2017 - 11:31 pm 0
The majority of voters in UK clearly voted to leave the EU - top of their list was the Immigration issue - therefore anyone but thick Liberals can see that means UK leaves the single market! Issues were clear to all before they voted - some can claim they did not understand - to late now - why did you turn out and vote if you did not understand!
How can you expect to stay in the single market and NOT have open border immigration?Aug 11th, 2017 - 10:17 am 0
During the Brexit campaigning Boris promised people exactly that. It's unknown how many people believed his lies but the result was very close; it's highly likely that a majority of voters in the UK would NOT choose to leave the single market if it was put to a vote.
But the anti-immigration voices are shouting the loudest, and the government is currently following UKIP-like policies, to the whole country's detriment. It would clearly be better to stay in the single market for an interim period, but our ministers are so afraid of the anti-immigration lobby and the tabloids who would accuse them of being traitors that they won't even agree to that.