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Agree a Brexit deal, then move on

10 May, 2019

Vince Cable

• THE campaign for a second referendum has intensified following the local elections.

The Lib Dems have tried to block the democratic result to leave the European Union. They have previous form of betraying their own supporters, by keeping a Tory govern­ment in power.

Voters will remember that Vince Cable played a key role in that coalition, in­cluding privatising one of our much-loved govern­ment-run services.

Labour is under pressure to come out in favour of a second referendum. Whichever way Labour goes – leave or remain – it will lose some support. But surely the way for Labour to go on this is for democracy and principles, and to abide by the vote to leave at the 2016 referendum.

As Labour’s campaign chief Andrew Gwynne pointed out, talk of another referendum was difficult to explain to many traditional voters. The 21 councils in which Labour lost five seats or more were in heavily-voting leave areas.

A second referendum will entail a further year of frustration, anger and uncertainty. It will not unite the Labour Party or the country. We must agree a deal to leave the EU, implem­ent it, and move on to deal with the major issues facing the UK.

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