Layla Moran told its spring conference that the party is still endeavouring to overturn the democratic referendum in 2016. And while claiming to act for the British people – a majority of whom voted Leave – she said that her party are “unashamedly pro-European”.
Addressing the virtual conference, she added: “Let me be unequivocally clear – our direction as an unashamedly pro-European party is resolute.
“To be liberal is to be internationalist to the core.
“In the meantime, we mustn’t wait on that important work to call out the Government for the damage their threadbare deal is doing to our country.
“The damage being done to people, to companies, to our education system, to our NHS and to our environment with every day of Boris Johnson’s incompetent leadership.
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“Boris Johnson promised to Get Brexit Done. And now our challenge to him is: make your Brexit work for the British people. And if you can’t, we can show you a better way.
“And to those Lib Dem members reading this who joined the party over Brexit and are as frustrated as I am about where the country is now: the best revenge is served at the ballot box, including this May.
“We – the Liberal Democrats – will endeavour to reverse the Tories’ damaging Brexit. We owe it to the British public and Europe to do so.”
The MP, who is the party’s foreign affairs and international development spokeswoman, admitted to shedding a tear when the country voted to leave the EU.
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And despite being almost destroyed at the ballot box in December 2019 when it promised to hold a second EU referendum, the out-of-touch party hasn’t altered course.
She claimed that Mr Johnson’s Brexit deal was “the only ‘free’ trade deal in history to put up new barriers to trade instead of pulling them down”.
Even though Brexit helped the UK to storm ahead of the EU’s bumbling vaccine rollout, she still saw no upsides to leaving.
Instead she insisted it left the “country poorer and more isolated”.
Laying out her party’s focus for the future she even claimed that Mr Johnson “may be deluded, but the British public are seeing through his bluff more and more”.
She spoke as the Scottish Lib Dem leader said Nicola Sturgeon’s dream of an independent Scotland would be “like Brexit on a rocket to Mars”.
Willie Rennie told his party’s spring conference today that everyone’s focus in Scotland should be on “recovery” after the coronavirus pandemic.
He also slammed Ms Sturgeon’s SNP party for making a second independence referendum as a “priority” for the next five years.
Speaking ahead of May’s MSP Holyrood elections, Mr Rennie even claimed it was the SNP’s ambition to hold another referendum by Christmas.
He said: “Reasonable people would agree, no matter what they think about independence, that this is not the moment for another referendum.
“But they see in the news that the SNP want a vote by this Christmas.
“In the middle of a pandemic, when thousands have lost their lives, thousands more have lost their job and our normal freedoms have been taken from us.
“Now is not the moment for that long, divisive, argumentative, exhausting, all-consuming event.”
He added: “We’ve had an independence campaign before. Families were split, friendships were broken, business was lost.
“And we had Brexit. The scars are deep. Independence would be Brexit Mark 2
“Independence would be like Brexit on a rocket to Mars.”