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Lib Dems would revoke Article 50 cancelling Brexit

by Mark Fitt Political Journalist

Jo Swinson the Liberal Democrats leader has said she will revoke Article 50 cancelling Brexit should she become the next prime minister.

Speaking at a conference in Bournemouth on Sunday Swinson asked Lib Dem members to vote as to whether or not cancelling Brexit should be part of the Party’s central Brexit policy. The Party voted overwhelmingly to cancel Brexit with no second referendum should the win at the next general election.

She told the BBC’s Andrew Marr show, “The policy we are debating at conference today is very clear.

“If the Liberal Democrats win a majority at the next election, if people put into government, as a majority government, the ‘Stop Brexit’ party, then stopping Brexit is exactly what people will get. Yes, we will revoke Article 50.”

Swinson added, “We have argued that a specific Brexit deal should be put to a People’s Vote to give clarity.

“We still argue for that. But if we end up at a general election then I think we need to be straight forward with people and give them an option for all this Brexit chaos to stop.

“I recognise not everyone agrees with the Lib Dems on this. But, it is genuinely what we think is right for the country.”

The former Tory MP Sam Gyimah who defected to the Lib Dems on Saturday said cancelling Brexit is not the only Brexit policy the party has.

Gyimah  told Sky News’s Sophy Ridge On Sunday from the party conference, “The position is, if the Liberal Democrats were to win a general election their policy would be to revoke Article 50.

“Revocation would be on condition that the British public have overwhelming voted for a Lib Dem government.

“If you vote for a government, you would say they should implement their policy and that is what they would be doing.

“The party is still supporting a People’s Vote as a way to break the Brexit deadlock. If you want to resolve Brexit, the best way is to have a People’s Vote’ now that we all know what is negotiable.”

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