After the referendum, the Liberal Democrats became the only UK national party committed to keeping the country in the European Union. As a party, we believe that membership of the European Union is part of us being an open, accessible country. It is crucial for us to keep at the heart of Europe.
Our relationship with Europe affects our jobs and our economy, our security, our ability to tackle terrorism and climate change and so much more. The British people have a right to know the answers and they have a right to have their say on whether the deal being offered to them is right for them, their family, their community and our country.
We believed that Britain is better off inside the European Union the day before the referendum, we believed it the day after the referendum and we believe it today. We may have lost the referendum but that doesn’t change what we believe is right for the United Kingdom.
With our country facing huge challenges – from inequality and injustice to an NHS in crisis and an economy in jeopardy – we are left with a reckless, divisive and uncaring Conservative Government and Labour fighting among themselves.
That’s why the Liberal Democrats are needed more than ever. We are the real voice of opposition to the Conservative Brexit Government and the only party fighting to keep Britain open, tolerant and united.