The Liberal Democrats have identified four key takeaways from Theresa May’s statement today:
1. May is admitting a hard Brexit could be hugely damaging to people’s jobs and to future generations. However, she is still refusing to give the people the final say on the deal despite the impact it could have on their livelihoods.
- (“If we do not get these negotiations right, we will put at risk and the opportunities you seek for your families will simply not happen… we risk the secure and well-paid jobs we want for our children and our children’s children too…”)
- May continues to insist no deal is better than a bad deal. This is against the views of major businesses (link), the CBI (link) and MPs’ Brexit Committee (link)
- (“We continue to believe that no deal is better for Britain than a bad deal.”)
- May is either scaremongering of being paranoid by claiming European officials have deliberately interfered in the outcome of the election
- (“All of these acts have been deliberately timed to affect the result of the general election that will take place on 8 June.”)
- . Theresa May has deliberately ramped up the tensions with Brussels, increasing the chances of a bad deal. This is reckless. Theresa May is showing herself to be incapable of conducting these delicate talks with the skill they require. That is why we need a strong opposition to hold the Conservatives to account for their actions
- (“There are some in Brussels who do not want these talks to succeed. Who do not want Britain to prosper.”)
Responding to Theresa May’s speech outside Downing Street today, Liberal Democrat European Union Spokesperson Nick Clegg said:
“Theresa May’s desperate, bizarre statement could have come word for word from Nigel Farage.
“The Coalition of Hard Brexit between the Conservatives and UKIP is now complete, and it will be hard-pressed families up and down the country who will suffer most.”