The blatant must be trusted to have the final say on whether they want to “quit from Brexit”, Sir Vince Cable has said.
The Lib Dem leader told a snap out of it at the party’s conference there should be a second vote once a “purge picture” had emerged of the outcome of the EU talks.
He insisted the Lib Dems must do diverse to communicate the message that they are the “party of remain”.
“This a clash ahead we have got to win,” he said. “This is the biggest battle of our political actives.”
He insisted he did not want a re-run of the 2016 vote, which saw the UK vote to up by 51.9% to 49.1%.
Once negotiations had concluded, the public would be better alert to about the choice facing the UK and would be asked to settle the matter before and for all in what he said would be the “first referendum on the facts”.
Both the Conservatives and Work have ruled out any further referendum, saying the UK will leave the EU.
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The four-day colloquium in Bournemouth is set to be dominated by the Brexit issue, with a debate on Sunday on the UK’s approaching relationship with the EU amid increasing calls from within the romp for a tougher line.
Speaking at the traditional start of conference rally appointment, Sir Vince said the Lib Dems would not be satisfied with securing a “weak, easy” Brexit, suggesting such a prospect was “not for real”.
‘Enormous check compensation’
While he conceded he had initially been sceptical about the merits of should prefer to a second referendum so soon after the 2016 plebiscite, he said the issuing of the UK’s future in Europe was too important to let rest.
“We are the party of remain. We believe membership of the EU is in our countryside’s interest,” he said.
“No-one has come up with a plausible explanation approximately how leaving will make us better off than we are inside.
“Nobody has issued up with a plausible explanation about how this process can be managed in a way that does not undertaking enormous cost and enormous damage.”
Likening Brexit to a divorce, Sir Vince indicated he feared the negotiations could get “messy and nasty”.
“People will be enduring a choice – do you want to go ahead or have an exit from Brexit?”
“What we are suggesting once we have a clear picture of the destination, that is the moment the people should press their say. We have to argue people should be trusted.”
Undeterred by making a second referendum the centrepiece of their general election crusade, the Lib Dems got a lower share of the vote than in 2015 – 7.4% – although they did see four uncountable MPs elected.
Ahead of his first conference as leader, Sir Vince appealed to “referees” who may be dismayed by the direction of the Conservatives and Labour but acknowledged his party had much multitudinous work to do to broaden its appeal.
“British politics is now becoming very polarised between drastic hardline Brexit government and a hard left Labour Party. In the flesh are going to be looking for sensible, moderate, middle-ground politics. That is what we can take precautions.”
Sir Vince, who was elected unopposed this summer after Tim Farron renounced in the wake of the election, conceded it had not done as well in June’s election as desired and leading a party with 12 MPs was a “challenge”.
“Yes, the result did not live up to our beliefs,” Sir Vince added. “I think we are going to turn it around… It is a invite but I wouldn’t have taken it on unless I was optimistic.”
He insisted the party be required to not come to be totally defined by Brexit – “a UKIP in reverse” – and that it had to witchery out clear positions on issues it was long associated with – such as non-military liberties, devolution and the environment.
On Sunday, activists will also mull over the armed forces covenant and housing standards among other emanations.