Lib Dem Leader Accuses Tories Of Plotting To Obstruct Attempts To Hold A Second Referendum

The Liberal Democrat leader, Sir Vince Cable, accuse Conservatives of “misleading” Brits over having a final say on Brexit. According to Anti-EU campaigners, the new laws for the public referendums are making it impossible to vote on any deal because it would take months.

The Lib Dem leader, however, rejects the claims insisting that new laws could take just weeks. Speaking at a campaign rally in Bristol, Vince is expected to say:

“The Brexit fanatics will tell you it’s too late, that there’s no time to get legislation for a People’s Vote through Parliament.

“They are wrong, if not deliberately misleading.

“If Parliament could pass laws to nationalise banks during the financial crisis in a matter of days, then we can secure the legislation to allow people their right to a final say within weeks.”

A petition calling for a fresh referendum ahead of the UK’s planned exit in March 2019 has gained more than 250,000 by now. Meanwhile, Chancellor Philip Hammond Insists that Theresa May’s Brexit blueprint offers a “fair and sensible” way forward so Brussels must accept it.

Chancellor Hammond believes that the plan would work for both sides as it enables the UK to remain closely connected to the European economy. This while the International Trade Secretary Liam Fox warned that “intransigence” on the EU side meant there was now a 60-40 chance that Britain would crash out without a deal.

The Europeans have already rejected a key element of the proposals for a “facilitated customs arrangement”. The European Commission’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier said the EU would not accept anything which undermined the integrity of the single market.

Meanwhile, Theresa May is under pressure at home from fellow party MPs who argue that the plan for a “common rule book” for trade in goods would restrict Britain’s ability to strike free trade agreements around the world. But The PM insisted that it represented a “pragmatic” way out of the current deadlock in the talks.

She says that the Chequers White Paper represents the best way forward.

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