Liberal Democrat Manifesto 2019

It doesn’t have to be this way. We can stop Brexit through a People’s Vote. We can stay as a leading force in the European Union, shaping its future with our MEPs sitting at the decision table.

READ the full Lib Dem Manifesto for General Election 2019, here.

We passionately believe that Britain is stronger as part of the European Union and we have led the fight to give the people the final say on the Brexit deal.

The Liberal Democrats’ vision for Britain is a country that has remained at the heart of a dynamic European Union. A country where everyone can afford somewhere to live, in a safe, clean and friendly neighbourhood. A country where high-quality health and social care, good-quality childcare, lifelong education, reliable transport and clean air are all part of a contract between government and citizens. A country with a new politics – taking on entrenched power and privilege and delivering a fair deal for everyone.

The importance of the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union has never been clearer. The national humiliation of the current Brexit deal puts so much at risk – the NHS, our public services, jobs across the country, peace in Northern Ireland, the unity of the UK and our global reputation as a country that is confident and outward-facing.

This deal shows how damaging and costly Brexit will be, in stark contrast to the lies peddled by the Leave campaign. It is also clear that many of the reasons driving people to vote leave – worries about funding of the health service, anger at rising inequalities across the country, the feeling of being left behind – will not be solved by Brexit; indeed, they will all be worsened.

The Conservatives have spent half a decade trying to please UKIP and Nigel Farage. Jeremy Corbyn has his own Brexit vision: instead of opposing it, he wants to deliver it. The fact is that whether Labour Red or Tory Blue, Brexit is bad for the UK.

Why should Britain be poorer? Why should our NHS struggle to get the medicines we need? Why should we sacrifice the opportunities of our children and grandchildren to live, work and love where they please in Europe? Why should we undermine the fight to stop climate change? Why should we risk slashing our food standards to suit American exporters? Why should we turn our backs on our nearest neighbours? Why should we risk the hard-won peace in Northern Ireland? Why should we risk the rise of nationalistic and divisive politics?

It doesn’t have to be this way. We can stop Brexit through a People’s Vote. We can stay as a leading force in the European Union, shaping its future with our MEPs sitting at the decision table.

READ the full Lib Dem Manifesto for General Election 2019, here.

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