BREXIT LIVE: Cable could make it Lib Dem policy to REVOKE Article 50 – ‘It’s tempting'

Posted on May 19 2019 - 11:05am by admin

Sir Vince said switching policy from demanding a second referendum to outright revocation of Article 50 was “tempting” and could happen by the autumn. Speaking to Sky News on a visit to Gibraltar, Sir Vince said he a move to withdraw the UK’s formal request to leave the EU could be necessary unless steps to instigate a fresh vote were under way before 31 October.

We got into this through a referendum and I think it’s the only way we’re going to get out of it

Sir Vince Cable

He said: “If we get through to October and there hasn’t been any agreement in Parliament and we haven’t had a vote on the referendum, then we may be faced with that situation.

“We may be faced with a cliff-edge where we are back again to the risk of crashing out or revoking Article 50, and we might have to do it.”

Pressed on whether he would be able to make further headway in the European parliamentary elections with an immediate demand for “revoke”, he said it was not yet the right moment.

Vince Cable

Vince Cable is considering the Lib Dem position on Brexit (Image: PA)

He told Sky News: ”It’s tempting, but I think as long as there is time to have a referendum, and I think there is, the only way of resolving this issue in a way that brings the country together, is to have a vote on it.

“We got into this through a referendum and I think it’s the only way we’re going to get out of it.”

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Vince Cable

Vince Cable (Image: PA)

6pm update: Anna Soubry claims Change UK can fix the political system and heal British politics 

Anna Soubry, one of the former Conservative MPs who quit in protest with Theresa May’s handling of Brexit, argued some of her colleagues don’t “stand up” for what they believe in, which lead to a deep “crisis”. 

But, she added, Change UK can heal British politics. 

Speaking in Edinburgh on the European election campaign trail, she said: “That lack of honesty has led us into this terrible, terrible crisis. 

“We are believers in change, changing UK politics, making it less tribal, something that in Scotland you’re well familiar with – the terrible tribalism that afflicts politics in Scotland.

“The other thing that’s got to change is making policy based on ideology and not actually looking at the evidence.

“Being honest with people about the tough choices and doing policy for the right reasons, rather than a cheap soundbite.”

4.20pm update: Calling a general election too soon would ‘kill Brexit’ 

The next Tory leader replacing Theresa May must not make the mistake of calling a general election too soon as they would risk not only handling the key to No10 to Jeremy Corbyn but also “killing Brexit”, Matt Hancock said. 

The Health Secretary told the Daily Telegraph: “I think a general election before we’ve delivered Brexit would be a disaster.

“People don’t want it. I’m with Brenda from Bristol. We need to take responsibility for delivering on the referendum result.

“Who knows what the outcome of a general election would be under these circumstances?

“A general election before that not only risks Jeremy Corbyn, but it risks killing Brexit altogether.

“We’ve got to deliver Brexit in this parliament, then we can move forward.”

Matt Hancock

Matt Hancock warned against calling a general election too soon (Image: GETTY)

3.07pm update: Corbyn warns of rise of the far right

Jeremy Corbyn has warned over the rise of the far right at a Labour rally in Liverpool.

The Labour leader described the danger of the far right and “their simplistic answers which can only breed hatred and division”.

Mr Corbyn compared the “propaganda” being put out by the far right during the European election campaign to the rise of the Nazis in Europe in the 1930s.

He said: “I read the propaganda being put out by the far right in this European election, where they’re blaming Muslims for all the ills of our society.

“Change that language to the language used in Germany in the 1920s and 1930s, where they tried to blame Jewish people for all the ills of society. You begin to see where this leads to.

“We have to come together today, not just to oppose the far right but also to analyse what’s happened and above all how we fix it and how we go forward.”

Jeremy Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn (Image: GETTY)

12.08pm update: Police impose milkshake ban on McDonalds

Police ordered a McDonald’s outlet near Nigel Farage’s campaign rally to stop sell milkshakes or ice cream, the restaurant’s staff have said.

With hundreds of Brexit Party supporters and dozens of protesters arriving at Edinburgh’s Corn Exchange for an EU elections rally, staff at the neighbouring McDonald’s were told to not serve people certain products following a spate of dairy-based incidents involving right-wing politicians.

Printed signs saying: “We will not be selling milkshakes or ice creams tonight. This is due to a police request given recent events” were displayed on the windows and inside the fast food restaurant.

Police Scotland refused to comment on the apparent demand, but a member of staff, who did not want to be named, described the situation as “ridiculous”.

Far-right figures Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, known as Tommy Robinson, and Ukip candidate Carl Benjamin have had food and drinks thrown at them during the European election campaign.

Nigel Farage

Nigel Farage enjoys an in ice-cream on the campaign trail (Image: PA)

10.52am update: Starmer urges May to agree to second referendum

Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer has urged Theresa May to break the Commons deadlock on Brexit by agreeing to hold a second referendum.

Sir Keir said that including a “confirmatory” public vote on the face of the Withdrawal Agreement Bill, due to come before MPs in the first full week of June, could end the parliamentary logjam.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: ”They could seek to break the impasse by putting a confirmatory vote on the face of a bill. Whatever happens, they have got to find a way of breaking the impasse.

“What we can’t do is just keep on buying another week at a time, which is what the Prime Minister has been doing for months.”

Brexit timeline

Brexit timeline (Image: EXPRESS.CO.UK)

10am update: Farage questions Johnson’s Brexit stance

Nigel Farage said he did not know where Boris Johnson stood on Brexit amid claims he could support the Tory leadership hopeful becoming prime minister.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon claimed on Friday that Mr Johnson as PM backed by Mr Farage would be a “nightmare” for Scotland.

But the Brexit Party leader laughed at the suggestion and questioned whether he could trust the leadership favourite.

Mr Farage said: “Would I trust Boris Johnson?

“Boris wrote in his column repeatedly that Mrs May’s new treaty was vassalage – that we’d become a slave state – and I rather agreed with that analysis, even if his language was more colourful than perhaps what I would use.

“Then, on the third attempt, he voted for it. So I’m not quite sure where Boris stands on all of this.”

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