A pioneering motion on Europe at the party’s annual online conference this weekend mainly focused on efforts to tackle a no-deal Brexit and secure the rights of citizens of the ‘EU in UK.
He also condemned the Home Markets Bill proposed by Boris Johnson’s government, which includes a pledge to violate international law by redesigning the starting Brexit deal, as something that “undermines the reputation of the United Kingdom- United, sets a dangerous precedent and almost certainly excludes any chance of a trade agreement with the EU or the United States ”.The motion, as originally tabled, only said that the party “would keep all options open for the UK’s future relationship with the EU, including accession at an appropriate future date”.
However, a number of members, including some MPs, felt that this commitment was too watered down and that it was amended before being voted on.
The approved version states that the party “will support a longer term goal of UK membership of the EU at an appropriate future date to be determined by political circumstances, subject to public agreement, terms of acceptable market and trade and negotiated terms ”.
Another possible amendment, which was rejected, gave a firmer commitment to “campaign to join the EU after the end of the post-Brexit transition period”.
Christine Jardine, Lib Dem MP speaking out on Brexit issues, said the party “would never turn its back on our pro-European values because we are so much better together that we could never be alone”.
She said: ‘With our country already facing the biggest economic and health crisis in generations, it is unthinkable for the UK to collapse outside of the transition period without a deal.
“Boris Johnson must start putting the nation first, rather than sacrificing everything in his ideological quest for Brexit. It’s about ending the disaster of food shortages, drug shortages, and more. “