Theresa May has triggered Article 50; and the clock is ticking towards a Hard Brexit – but it can still be stopped.
For nine months, our party has been the only opposition to this Conservative Brexit Government’s plans – we’ve fought to keep us in the single market, to guarantee EU citizens’ right to stay and for a referendum on the final deal.
That fight will continue.
Over the next two years we will see the Government entering the most complex negotiations in British political history.
They insist that they can negotiate both the terms of Britain’s exit from the EU and our new trading relationship in the next two years. They can’t.
It will be impossible for a new deal, especially one that is in Britain’s interests, to be negotiated in two years.
In the meantime, Whitehall will grind to a halt as it grapples with the Brexit negotiations, neglecting everything else – including the crisis in the NHS and social care.
That is why our fight must continue.
We cannot allow the Conservatives to negotiate a disastrous hard Brexit that nobody voted for. We cannot allow the Brexit negotiations to make the crisis in health and social care any worse than it is today.
The good news is that there are millions of people out there who agree with us – and who are horrified at the prospect of a hard Brexit. We need them, as much as they need us.
The bad news is, nobody else will help us do that. Labour, have waved the white flag on Brexit, time and time again. They have failed as an opposition and given the Conservatives a blank cheque for Brexit.
We are the only party that will oppose this Conservative Brexit Government’s plans for a hard Brexit every step of the way, and we are the only party that will fight for a Britain that is open, tolerant and united.
The next two years will not be easy, but I am determined that we will be the real opposition to this Conservative Brexit Government – and with your continued support, we will make a difference.
Make your voice heard on Tory Hard Brexit on Thursday May 4th – oppose savage Conservative KCC service cuts by voting for your local Lib Dem candidate.
Dr Alan Bullion
Lib Dem Parliamentary Spokesman for Sevenoaks and Swanley