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CLEGG’S BREXIT THREAT: Lib Dems ‘will SABOTAGE May’s plans to quit single market’

NICK Clegg has vowed to help sabotage Theresa May’s bid to pull the UK out of the single market.

The former Lib Dem leader tore into the Prime Minister’s plans for a ‘hard Brexit‘ during a Sky News interview.He said his beleaguered party would fight the move, claiming it would be “economically damaging and self-harming”.

And he insisted whatever deal Mrs May agrees with Brussels will be “inferior” to what Britain currently has as an EU member.

He said: “Firstly, we will be the effective opposition leading the fight against the hard Brexit which Theresa May is pursuing.

“And secondly, we want to give the people the right to have another say on whether they agree with her final deal.”

Nick Clegg and Theresa MaySKY NEWS•PA                Nick Clegg believes Theresa May should keep the UK in the single market

Nick CleggSKY NEWS             The former deputy PM’s comments are are likely to anger Mrs May

His comments are are likely to anger Mrs May, who is desperate for the country to unite behind her Brexit plans.Earlier today, MPs overwhelmingly voted to back her plans to hold a General Election on June 8.

The Prime Minister hopes a decisive Tory victory will allow her to go to Brussels with a stronger negotiating hand.

Theresa MayPA              The Prime Minister’s plan to hold a June election was backed today

Before the vote, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn mocked Mrs May for apparently fearing the Lib Dems over Brexit.He said: “She is painting herself as the prisoner of the Lib Dems who have apparently threatened to grind Government to a standstill.

“There are nine of them and they managed to vote three different ways on Article 50 so it’s obviously a very serious threat indeed.”


  • Bill
    20th April 2017 - 6:35 am | Permalink

    Never thought i would agree with Corbyn.

  • Jane Davies
    19th April 2017 - 10:38 pm | Permalink

    Another of the elite who has forgotten he is a servant of the public, the same public of which the majority voted out. He is assuming he will still be an MP after the election. If enough of his constituents who voted out have any sense they will give him the boot.

  • 19th April 2017 - 10:10 pm | Permalink

    I am wholeheartedly for Brexit and it is time that the Remoaners realised that they are doing the Country harm. Brexit is going to happen whether they like it or not and it is pure churlishness to try to prevent anything other than the terms of the referendum. In or Out. We chose out and all that it entails. To continue in their vein only serves to risk Britain’s financial future.

    I have one very small sympathy with Clegg’s actions and that is not to allow May to have Carte Blanche to burden Britain with negotiations that will result in brexit being watered down. Trump is working on a free trade deal with Britain that will allow tariff free trade between Britain and the US that will more than compensate for any loss of trade with the EU as the Corporations in Europe will still want to trade with us. We do not need a trade deal with the EU other than tariff free trade. They can come with us or not as they see fit but first, we have to leave the EU entirely.

    I am not a UKIP Member but UKIP won almost 4 million votes in the 2015 General Election which would normally result in over 80 seats in Parliament. Unfortunately, there were insufficient numbers in any one Constituency to carry a majority.that can offer an acceptable opposition to Conservative policy dominance in the EU negotiations. This General Election, as much as the referendum will decide Britain’s future.

    The referendum showed that in really important things such as our right to live as a self governing Nation, the people, especially in the North, ignored tribal politics and voted for what was right. The North is Labour heartland yet their own Party is more concerned with itself than the People who it is supposed to represent; Labour voters will not vote for Tories or Libdems and so the only realistic vote, if only for this one General Election, is to vote for the only other Party that can prevent May from doing as she pleases but still get the intended result of freedom from the EU and that is UKIP.

    Forget the bias this one time. If you don’t like them, vote them out again in 2022, but this time, we are in serious danger of losing the result of the referendum.

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