Nick Clegg: Tories are 'up Brexit creek'
Nick Clegg, the former deputy prime minister and now the Liberal Democrats’ spokesman on Europe, said this morning the Conservatives were facing “paralysis” as the party tried to reconcile different priorities.
“That is why they find themselves up this Brexit creek – never mind they don’t have a paddle; they don’t have a canoe, they don’t have a map, they have absolutely no clue whatsoever,” he told the Liberal Democrat conference in Brighton this morning.
Lib Dems Launch National Consultation on Brexit
The Liberal Democrats are today launching a National Consultation exercise on the impact of Brexit on local communities.
All Lib Dem parliamentary candidates will contact businesses, health and educational institutions and civil society organisations in their constituencies to discuss their Brexit concerns.
After the Referendum in Tandridge
The 24,251 people in Tandridge and 48% nationwide voted to remain in the European Union in the IN/OUT referendum called by the Conservative Party. The Liberal Democrats are the only party that represents the 48%. We believe that working with our partners in Europe not fighting to leave them is the best way to peace, security and prosperity.
In the immediate aftermath of this seismic decision, the country’s economic and political fabric has been torn. The economy is in turmoil, both major parties are fragmented, the far right believes that it now has a mandate for racism and many of the pledges that Leave campaign stood upon look undeliverable. Already, prominent Brexiteers have backtracked on promises to reduce immigration, tighten border control and divert £350m a week from the EU to the NHS.
Erasmus must be protected from Brexit
Opportunities to study and train abroad under the EU’s Erasmus programme must be protected during the coming Brexit negotiations, the Liberal Democrats have said.
The party has backed a motion calling on the Government to make a clear commitment to protecting the student exchange scheme, which has benefited over 200,000 UK students since it was set up in 1987. Around 100,000 more young people in the UK were expected to go on Erasmus from now until 2020, benefiting from EU funded grants to cover tuition, travel and living costs.
Almost 10,000 people have backed a petition launched by the Liberal Democrats to save Erasmus that will be delivered to Downing Street and European leaders.