The LIBERAL Democrats, the party leader has said, will vote against a Brexit deal.
MP Ed Davey said that the EU (Future Relationship) bill that goes through Parliament tomorrow would not be sponsored by all 11 MPs.
The agreement was “flimsy” and “bad for jobs, the economy, security and our environment.” he said.
Mr. Davey said, “It is clear that this is a bad deal that will make people’s lives poorer, so they will be voted against by the Liberal Democrats.”
This failed deal leaves the service industry in limbo and is the first ‘open’ trade agreement in history to build barriers and raise red tape, resulting in lengthy delays and higher costs.
After a horrible year, we are all desperate to move forward, to see our country reunited, to restore our economy and our societies. Boris Johnson’s agreement only makes it more complicated, even by his own low standards.
“The only way forward is to agree an adjustment period to ease the pain for businesses and quickly repair the UK’s damaged relationships with our key international partners.”
The party has proposed an amendment, which is now being debated by the Speaker of Parliament, condemning the bill for “erecting non-tariff barriers to business, ending UK participation in Erasmus and mutual recognition of professional qualifications, depriving the UK financial services sector of passporting rights and cutting off UK police from direct access to EU-wide law enforcement databases.”
The leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, Willie Rennie, added: “With our long track record as supporters of membership of the European Union, people will not be surprised that the Liberal Democrats are unable to support the Brexit strategy of the Conservative government and the last-minute trade deal.”
The Liberal Democrats will vote to withdraw the approval of the Future Partnership Agreement Bill because we claim that the trade agreement is bad for jobs, industries, our climate and our way of life. It is likely to be the world’s first trade agreement to erect further trade barriers.
It is a message to those who advocate independence that it is painful and expensive to sever long-term economic partnerships.’ We should not replicate, with freedom, those Brexit errors.
It comes after the SNP declared on Sunday that it would also oppose the bill, leading to Conservative criticism that, in the event, the party would opt for a no-deal exit from the EU.
SNP MPs have consistently denied that their disapproval of the bill means this, but both Labour and the Scottish Conservatives have challenged this.
Douglas Ross, Moray’s MP and leader of the Scottish Tories, tweeted earlier today, “Despite her own warnings earlier this month, Nicola Sturgeon’s MPs will vote for a no-deal Brexit tomorrow.”