Published On: Tue, Aug 27th, 2019

Brexit news: Liberal Democrat Jo Swinson vows to put down ‘triple-lock’ to prevent no deal | UK | News


The Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson has said she is putting forward a “triple-lock” in the latest attempt to stop the UK leaving the EU without a deal. Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is expected to meet with fellow opposition parties on Tuesday to try to find a path to blocking a no deal exit. Speaking on BBC’s Breakfast, Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson set out a three-pronged strategy to halting a no deal exit from the Brussels bloc.

She told BBC’s Breakfast: “I want us to be able to have confidence that we can stop the catastrophe of a no deal Brexit.

“As Liberal Democrat leader we have been very clear and campaigning for three years or more now to stop Brexit altogether.

“Obviously, the immediate crisis we face is crashing out without a deal.

“I want us to be able to sop that, and I am putting forward a triple-lock of three potential actions that could make sure that is a reality.”

She added: “I think the first and most important thing is that we agree that we should pass legislation to require the Government to extend Article 50. I’d like that to be for the purpose of holding a People’s Vote.

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“Secondly, if we end up in the scenario of a vote of no-confidence and a general election, it’s hugely important that there is agreement that such an election would give the people, the public the chance to choose, and therefore it would have to be either before October 31, or come with an extension to Article 50.

“And finally, if we are on the verge of crashing out without a deal, and all else has failed, we need to be prepared to revoke Article 50, because in 2019, we should not have the situation where a British government policy leads to food and medicine shortages.”

It comes after the Labour Party has said it will “do everything necessary” to try to halt a no deal Brexit.

Writing in the Independent, leader Jeremy Corbyn said: “The battle to stop no deal Brexit isn’t a struggle between those who want to leave the EU and those who want continued membership.

“They want this thing done, they want it over.”

On Tuesday morning, Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage sent a devastating warning to Mr Johnson, insisting if he followed the same path he was currently on,

Setting out the Brexit Party’s plans for a general election, Mr Farage said: “The withdrawal agreement is not Brexit. The withdrawal agreement is a betrayal of what 17.4million people voted for.

“If Mr Johnson, you insist on the withdrawal agreement we will fight you in every single seat up and down the length and breadth of the United Kingdom.”



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