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Paul Ray, Lichfield GE candidate, comments on Brexit and the General Election

May 9, 2017 9:19 AM

Paul Ray - 2015 Election

The Conservatives have made it clear that Britain is to leave the Single Market if their Brexit plans go ahead. Labour have been all over the place with Brexit, timidly letting the Government push through plans that were not put to the people in last year's Referendum. The Liberal Democrats have been the most prominent voice calling for Britain to stay in the Single Market.

The EU is by far our biggest market for our exports so cutting the UK off from Europe will be a disaster for our economy and for jobs. Paul Ray, Liberal Democrat candidate for Lichfield & Burntwood in the General Election said, "Brexit extremists have taken over the Government and they are now putting their hatred of Europe before jobs and prosperity. Leaving the Single Market was not in the Referendum question. No one voted to make Britain poorer. Labour have surrendered to the Brexit-backing Conservatives so only the Liberal Democrats are battling for Britain to stay in the Single Market."

"The people voted for departure, but they did not vote for a destination. We do not believe that people voted for the Hard Brexit that Theresa May is aiming to impose on the UK. It should be up to the people to decide at the end of the process between the deal the government gets and staying in the EU. Liberal Democrats want to protect EU citizens' rights in the UK, and UK citizens' rights in the EU. We want to ensure continued membership of the Single Market and Customs Union and make sure Parliament is allowed full scrutiny throughout the Brexit process."

Paul Ray also said that Liberal Democrat European Union Spokesperson Nick Clegg had perfectly summed up position: "We must ensure that at the end of the negotiating process, the British people get to choose whether they want to stay in the EU or accept the government's deal. "Someone will say 'yes' or 'no' to this deal: the question is will it be Theresa May or the public?"