Jo Swinson says Liberal Democrats will stop Brexit

In Setback For Boris Johnson MP From His Party Joins Liberal Democrats

Jo Swinson says Liberal Democrats will stop Brexit

At the suggestion the party had morphed into the anti-Brexit Party - as opposed to Nigel Farage's Brexit Party - she said: "We are not a single issue party, we are a party with more than a century of liberal heritage".

Conservative MP Phillip Lee defected to the party on the eve of a crucial vote two weeks ago on a bill to compel Johnson to seek an extension of the Brexit deadline beyond October 31.

But he said Saturday: "Boris Johnson created a stark choice for moderate, progressive MPs in the Conservative party - to accept a no deal Brexit or walk away from public life".

The party members overwhelmingly voted to back the position, with party leader Jo Swinson saying the party would cancel Brexit if it wins an election with a majority government, confirming that before an election, they would continue to campaign to stop a no deal Brexit and hold a second referendum with Remain on the ballot paper.

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As a party, the Lib Dems have never won more than 62 seats at an election and despite a recent surge, still trail both the Conservatives and Labour in the polls. Planning for no deal is like planning to burn your house down.

However, the Liberal Democrat leader ruled out the prospect of the party standing down for Labour candidates.

Swinson, who was elected leader earlier this year, said that Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn were "not fit to be prime minister".

Sam Gyimah, a former Tory minister, became the sixth MP to switch allegiance to the party this year and some polling companies predict the Lib Dems could take as much as a fifth of the vote at the next election - up from just 7% in 2017.

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"In those circumstances, if we did come to power and I was prime minister having stood on a platform of revoking Article 50 and then didn't do so, that would be problematic". "Something big is happening here".

It would mean revoking Article 50 if the lib dems ever get into government.

Chuka Umunna told the conference the newly approved policy would reinforce the party's "unequivocal" message on Brexit.

Swinson predicts that Brexit would "hurt" the country's economy - one of the core reasons the party this week agreed to adopt cancelling Britain's European Union exit if it wins power at the next election. "Our country needs us at this precarious time".

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