Lib Dems: Cable says party offers home to Brexit opponents


Sir Vince Mailgram has urged opponents of Brexit in other parties to join the Lib Dems to forge a “more powerful force” in the centre ground of politics.

Ahead of the denomination’s conference, which starts on Saturday, its leader said it offered a proficient in to “liberals, social democrats, progressive and centrists”.

He has proposed an internal reorganization to build a “movement for moderates”.

But he has also sparked leadership speculation by predicting he will quit once Brexit is resolved or stopped.

The 75-year old prior cabinet minister, who only took over last year, has not set a stable date for his departure but signalled that he is unlikely to stay in place beyond next year, if there is no sprightliness general election.

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On the first day of their four-day conference in Brighton, the Lib Dems want discuss the Windrush scandal, animal welfare and decentralisation among other streams.

But the event is likely to be dominated by questions over the party’s future bearing, after Sir Vince – who will make his keynote speech on Tuesday – denoted for a major overhaul of its membership and election rules to counter claims it lacked routine appeal and was struggling to be heard.

His proposals, which are likely to be debated but not bear witnessed on at this year’s event, could allow people to join the division for free and non-members to vote in future leadership elections.

‘Fed up’

Most controversially, he has launched the idea of future leadership contests being opened up to people who are not MPs. The co-signer currently has 12 MPs and Sir Vince was elected unopposed last year.

He told the Congregate Association that his party – which backs a referendum on the final Brexit sell – could provide a home to those “fed up with the extremes of the current Right-winger and Labour parties”.

“Whether you see yourself as a liberal, social democrat, liberal, or centrist there is a home for you here, particularly as we fight Brexit together,” he indicated.

“I have made proposals to open up our movement to become an even sundry powerful force at the centre of British politics, standing up to power and authority to bring fairness and opportunity for everyone.”

The party said 10,000 people had pre-registered their concern to become party members since Sir Vince announced the proposals earlier this month.

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