Govt borrowing: Chancellor needs to put people before the numbers

  Responding to new figures which show that UK Government borrowing was at its highest levels in January since records began, Christine Jardine MP, Liberal Democrat Treasury Spokesperson said: “These record borrowing figures demonstrate clearly the scale of the challenge posed by COVID-19, but they must not be seen as an excuse for cutting support … Continue reading Govt borrowing: Chancellor needs to put people before the numbers

Courts rule Home Office charges to register children unlawful: Lib Dem response

  Today the Court of Appeal has ruled that the £1,012 fee charged by the Home Office for registering a child as a British citizen is unlawful.  Alistair Carmichael MP, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Home Affairs, urged the fees to be reduced immediately: “It’s shameful that children are being denied their rights by these outrageous, … Continue reading Courts rule Home Office charges to register children unlawful: Lib Dem response

MPs silenced on future Trade Deals

Reacting to the Government rejection of scrutiny amendments to the Trade Bill, Liberal Democrat Trade spokesperson Sarah Olney MP said:"The British public have the right to be represented in the negotiation of new trade deals and that means Parliament having its say. It is outrageous that the Government has refused, once again, to back Parliamentary … Continue reading MPs silenced on future Trade Deals

PM must secure an Adjustment Period with EU to give UK business breathing space

From Liberal Democrat HQ Press Office: The Liberal Democrats are calling on PM to seek an "Adjustment Period" for businesses to transition to new UK-EU trade arrangementsThe Liberal Democrats are urging the Prime Minister to negotiate an “Adjustment Period” as part of the deal with the EU, to ensure British businesses have enough time to … Continue reading PM must secure an Adjustment Period with EU to give UK business breathing space

Conservatives have thrown British farmers on the scrapheap

The Liberal Democrats have warned that Conservative MPs across the UK should “hang their head in shame” for voting against measures to protect high environmental and animal welfare standards.Conservative MPs rejected amendments to the Agriculture Bill [04/11/2020] which would have forced the UK Government to ensure that British food and animal welfare standards are maintained … Continue reading Conservatives have thrown British farmers on the scrapheap

Davey: PM must bring back a deal that protects jobs and livelihoods 

Responding to the news the government has ended talks with the EU, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said:"Last December the Prime Minister told voters he had an oven ready deal with the EU. Just ten months later he tells us he has finished the talks without a deal. “We are now on the cusp … Continue reading Davey: PM must bring back a deal that protects jobs and livelihoods 

PM’s no deal comments further reveal his incompetence

Responding to reports that the Prime Minister has said it's time to 'get ready' for no deal, Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesperson Christine Jardine said:"Boris Johnson’s handling of Brexit has been disastrous and these reckless comments are just further evidence of the Prime Minister's incompetence. It has been more than four years since the referendum and yet … Continue reading PM’s no deal comments further reveal his incompetence

Govt must grant EU citizens proof of settled status

The Liberal Democrats are calling on the Government to grant EU citizens the automatic right to stay in the UK, with the physical proof they need, as new Home Office figures reveal thousands are being refused and 1.8 million have not been granted the right to stay permanently.The latest EU Settlement Scheme statistics, which were published … Continue reading Govt must grant EU citizens proof of settled status

PM mistaken in thinking he can break the law without consequence 

Responding to reports that the European Commission has launched legal action against the UK, following the UK Government's refusal to remove sections from the Internal Market Bill, Liberal Democrat Brexit Spokesperson Christine Jardine said: "Contrary to the belief of senior Government figures and their families, breaking the law has consequences. It beggars belief that Boris … Continue reading PM mistaken in thinking he can break the law without consequence 

Lib Dems condemn Tories’ attacks on rule of law

In a policy motion passed this evening at the Liberal Democrats’ Autumn Conference, the Party has condemned "Dominic Cummings’ long history of attacking the rule of law". The motion stated "the rule of law is fundamental to our society", calling for the Government to drop plans "to restrict judicial review, weaken the Human Rights Act or … Continue reading Lib Dems condemn Tories’ attacks on rule of law