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  • Article: Dec 31, 2019

    As my Presidency draws to an end on New Year's Eve, I wanted to write to you with a final thank you for the extraordinary help that you have given the liberal cause over the last five years.

    To have faced three General Elections and the EU Referendum during these five years - as well as the snap European elections this year - has been unprecedented, draining for everyone who has worked in them. Our candidates and teams, party staff and the many members and supporters who have continuously found that extra bit of energy and effort kept fighting the liberal cause.

  • Article: Dec 31, 2019
    By Liberal Democrats
  • Article: Dec 24, 2019
    By Liberal Democrats
  • Article: Dec 22, 2019

    A happy and peaceful Chanukah to all Jewish people around the world!

    Chanukah is a special time of the year for so many reasons. It's about solidarity with friends and family. It's about overcoming adversity in impossible circumstances. Most importantly, it's about the power of faith and how it can make wonderful things happen.

  • Article: Dec 20, 2019

    Boris' bad Brexit bill is before the House of Commons today.

    So what are we doing to fight the damaging and dangerous effects it will have on democratic scrutiny, workers' rights, the battle against the climate crisis, and more?

    Today, we tabled an amendment to block the Withdrawal Agreement Bill because:

  • Article: Dec 20, 2019

    Voting reform is not about the electoral advantage of any party.

    It is about better democracy.

    As politicians we have a responsibility to ensure voters across the UK do not feel disenfranchised.

    In this election the Liberal Democrats increased their vote share by 4%, more than any other party, but achieved fewer seats in Parliament.

  • Article: Dec 20, 2019

    Today, Boris Johnson will take his reckless Withdrawal Agreement to MPs. It will be rushed through to meet the arbitrary deadline of January 31st.

    Johnson and his government don't care how it will affect British people, or how the worst off in our society will be hit hardest.

    They just want to push Brexit through, whatever the cost.

    A harmful Brexit deal isn't the only plan they have which will irreparably damage our country. Among the announcements in the Queen's Speech are plans to:

  • Article: Dec 20, 2019

    Boris Johnson's government has set out a disastrous agenda which will force through a hard Brexit, undermine our public services, destroy opportunities for our communities and cripple living standards.

    Brexit will hinder our ability to safeguard our NHS and reduce our capacity to tackle the climate crisis.

    The fact that radical climate action has been ignored is a hallmark of a government which is setting all the wrong priorities.

  • The flags of EU countries flying.
    Article: Dec 19, 2019
    By Christine Jardine in Liberal Democrats

    Christine Jardine

    The latest EU Settlement Scheme Statistics, published by the Home Office, show more than 140,000 EU citizens applied to live and work in the UK after Brexit in November.

    These figures show 361,900 people are still waiting for a decision, with 2,592,800 applications received but only 2,230,900 concluded.

  • Bill Newton Dunn
    Article: Dec 19, 2019
    Update from Bill in Strasbourg (November 2019)
    The new EU Commission was voted into office by MEPs this week (and will serve for the next five years). The UK has not proposed a Commissioner.
    Upcoming dates:
    World Trade Organsation:
    Following the USA's lack of appointment of judges to the WTO's Appellate Body and its blocking of the replacement of any members, the Appellate Body will cease to be operational after 10th December, when the mandates of two of three remaining Appellate Body members will expire. This means that world trade disputes can no longer be adjudicated by an international court. (So much for Conservative claims that they will trade on WTO rules, something which no other country in the world does).
  • Bill Newton Dunn
    Article: Dec 19, 2019

    Hello friend!

    Walking into the European Parliament last Monday - where Europe's decisions are made - I thought to myself:

    "From the end of January there may no longer be a British voice here. Yet Britain will still have to obey most EU rules. But not have any say in making and enforcing them. It seems so stupid."

  • Article: Dec 18, 2019

    The CBI has revealed that Britain's factory sector has suffered its worst quarter since the financial crisis, and financial experts warn the pound is likely to weaken in 2020, both as a result of Brexit uncertainty.

    This news is yet more evidence that Boris Johnson's government looks set to crash our economy thanks to his disastrous Brexit plans.

    Whether its putting people's livelihoods on the line in our factory sector, or increasing prices with the pound weakening in 2020, it is clear that Boris Johnson's promise to unleash Britain's potential is nothing more than empty rhetoric.

    We haven't even left yet.

  • Article: Dec 18, 2019

    New official figures show just over a third of EU citizens have been given Settled Status by the end of November.

    The latest EU Settlement Scheme Statistics, published by the Home Office, show more than 140,000 EU citizens applied to live and work in the UK after Brexit in November.

    These figures show 361,900 people are still waiting for a decision, with 2,592,800 applications received but only 2,230,900 concluded.

  • Article: Dec 18, 2019

    Boris Johnson plans to remove the safety net in the Withdrawal Agreement by making it illegal for Parliament to extend the transition period beyond December 2020.

    This pushes the UK closer to a no-deal Brexit that will wreck our economy, our NHS, our efforts to combat climate change, workers' rights, and much more.

  • Article: Dec 14, 2019

    I am honoured and delighted to have been elected as President of the Liberal Democrats.

    The news is overshadowed by the results of the general election where, in amongst the individual brilliant results, there were so many disappointments and tragedies. After such a promising start as our party leader only a few months ago, Jo's own defeat is particularly saddening.