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Liberal Democrats preparing for possible European elections

March 16, 2019 10:25 AM

The Liberal Democrat spring conference in York will today [16\03\19] debate preparations for the European Parliament elections.

The debate follows votes in the House of Commons this week where MPs voted for an extension of Article 50, making it likely the UK will still be an EU member state at the time of the EU elections in May.

The party's delegates will debate calls for the Government to ensure "fair UK representation in the European Parliament".

Tom Brake MPSpeaking ahead of the debate, Liberal Democrat Brexit Spokesperson Tom Brake MP said:

"Theresa May, aided and abetted by Jeremy Corbyn, has made an absolute dog's dinner of this Brexit process. It was therefore no surprise that MPs this week voted to extend Article 50.

"Liberal Democrats have been fighting tooth and nail to keep the UK represented in Europe. Given it is now more than likely the UK will still be a member state come the European elections, it is in our national interest to prepare for them.

"The Party has started putting in place a system which would allow us to select Liberal Democrat candidates. We will be ready to go to the polls with a clear offer; every Liberal Democrat elected is another voice fighting for a People's Vote, with the option to stay in the EU."