The Liberal Democrats have made a bid to break the Brexit deadlock by taking no deal off the table and proposing a general election to be held on December 9th.
Liberal Democrats have led the campaign for a people’s vote in this parliament and still believe this is the best way forward to stop Brexit. However, we have not been able to get enough support in parliament to do this. To break the Brexit deadlock, avoid a damaging no deal Brexit and give people the final say on Boris Johnsons’ deal, Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson has proposed a Bill to amend the Fixed Term Parliament Act and bring forward an election on December 9th.
Quoted in the Observer, Jo Swinson said:
“Boris Johnson has missed his ‘do-or-die’ deadline and is now asking parliament to give him a general election and time for him to ram through his Brexit bill through parliament. That is a bad deal, and Liberal Democrats will not vote for it. We need to get Boris Johnson out of office, unlock the gridlock in parliament and give people the chance to vote to stay in the EU.
“A general election on our proposed timetable would take no-deal off the table and give the public the chance to elect a Liberal Democrat government who will revoke article 50 or increase the number of MPs who support a People’s Vote.”
Ruth Gripper, Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Truro and Falmouth added.
"Parliament is gridlocked. The public are losing patience. There is a danger Boris Johnson could ram his Brexit deal through parliament with the support of Labour votes, without the public having the final say.
"We have consistently campaigned for a people’s vote on the Brexit deal. This would be the best way to resolve this issue and move on to other important things like tackling climate change and improving our public services, which have been neglected for the past three years.
"Sadly neither the Conservatives nor the Labour party are willing to give people that final say. We need to break the gridlock in Parliament. If Labour and the Conservatives won't back a people's vote, then a general election is the only way."