Referendum on Brexit deal backed by Lib Dem members
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats
Liberal Democrat members have overwhelmingly endorsed the party's plan to offer the British people a referendum on the final Brexit deal negotiated by the Government.
This makes the Liberal Democrats the only party whose official policy is to continue campaigning for the UK to remain a member of the EU.
The party also set out nine priorities for the Brexit negotiations, including securing Britain's membership of the Single Market, and called for MPs to have a vote on the Government's negotiating mandate before Article 50 is triggered.
Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron said:
"The British people were trusted with the question of our departure, they should be trusted with the question of our destination."
"The terms of Brexit will have a huge impact on jobs, security and the opportunity to travel and live abroad."
"It cannot be right that such a momentous choice is secretly stitched up by bureaucrats on both sides of the Channel without the British people or Parliament having a say."
"The Liberal Democrats are now the only party who will give the public a vote on the final deal and who will campaign to remain in the EU."
"We are now the real opposition to the Conservative Brexit government, fighting to keep Britain open, tolerant and united."