Lib Dems call on Maria Caulfield MP to reject Theresa May's hard Brexit manifesto


The Lewes Liberal Democrats have written to Maria Caulfield MP urging her to reject Theresa May's hard Brexit manifesto and instead pledge to protect the local economy by keeping Britain in the single market.

Theresa May is expected to include her Brexit negotiating priorities in the Conservative snap election manifesto in an attempt to lock all Conservative candidates into supporting a hard Brexit. These are set to include a pledge to withdraw from the single market, end the free movement of people in the EU and end the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice. 

Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate Kelly-Marie Blundell has written to Maria Caulfield MP stating they should stand by their principles and sign up to an alternative pro-European platform, including fighting to keep Britain in the single market and defend the right to remain for the 2,536 European citizens living in Lewes.

Liberal Democrat parliamentary spokesperson for (AREA) commented:

"If Lewes signs up to a Hard Brexit manifesto, it would go against everything she says they believe in OR people in this area believe in.

"It would show our local MP is not willing to stand up for our local economy or the many European citizens living here.

"This election is a chance for voters in Lewes to change the direction of our country.

"People here deserve an MP who will stand up for what they believe in, including fighting to prevent a disastrous hard Brexit and keep Britain in the single market.

"Maria Caulfield must make clear where he/she stands on what is the biggest issue of the day.

"The Liberal Democrats are united in saying we will stand up for Britain's place in Europe and to keep our country open, tolerant and united."


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