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New poll shows public opinion swinging behind Lib Dem call for a vote on the terms of Brexit

An ICM poll for The Guardian has shown that Brits favour a referendum on the terms of Brexit by a 13 point margin. Once 'don't knows' are taken out, this rises 58% in support to 42% against.

This is the latest poll showing support for the Liberal Democrats' call for the public to have the final say on Brexit. Last month, a Survation survey showed that one in two people wanted a public vote, against 34% who did not.


Responding, Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable said:

"The evidence is mounting that the British people want a vote on the terms of any deal to leave the European Union.

"The Liberal Democrats has long been the only main party to call for this vote, which would include the option of an exit from Brexit. The Conservatives and Labour leadership must now respond to this demand given the clearly strong current of public opinion favouring having the final say."

Sign our petition for a referendum on the terms.

[27/01/2018]


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Congratulations to Annelise Berendt Furnace, the new Liberal Democrat member of Sawbridge Town Council

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  • Article: Feb 14, 2018
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    If this speech was supposed to offer an olive branch to Remainers, Boris must have picked up the other version.

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    Boris's antipathy towards the common rules and standards which apply within the EU, and to trade within the EU, is in stark contrast to Brexiters head-long rush to adopt common standards with the US which would require the UK to accept chlorine-washed chicken, hormone-fed beef, GMO products and potentially open up the NHS to US private health companies.

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  • Article: Feb 13, 2018

    ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

    1300-1400 SATURDAY 10 MARCH 2018

    HESKETH 2, RAMADA PLAZA HOTEL, SOUTHPORT

    Following the formal part of the AGM, 30 minutes are envisaged for an informal discussion with Catherine Bearder MEP, Nick Hopkinson and LDEG members to discuss the latest Brexit developments.

    The AGM is open to all LDEG members (new LDEG members can join at https://ldeg.org/en/page/join-ldeg or join at the door)

  • Article: Feb 13, 2018
    By Shas Sheehan

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  • Article: Feb 11, 2018
    By Mione Goldspink in The Bishop's Stortford Flyer

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The Liberal Democrats are the only party fighting to keep Britain open, tolerant and united, and committed to continue to campaign for the UK to remain a member of the EU.

Open means open-hearted, open-minded, forward-looking, modĀ­ern, green, internationalist and pro-European. We believe Britain is at its best when it is creative, innovative and outward-looking, comfortable in the fast-changing modern world and open to the opportunities and challenges of globalisation and the digital revolution.

Tolerant means diverse, comĀ­passionate and generous. We will always fight injustice and stand up for the underdog, the outsider, the individual, the minority and the vulnerable against the powerful.

United means we will always put the interests of the whole United Kingdom first. We reject the divisions in society, whether between young and old, urban and rural, leave and remain, or between regions and nations. We believe we are stronger - as communities, as a country and as a world - when we work together in our common interest.

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