Local Liberal Democrats have held a day of campaigning in Lewes urging Maria Caulfield to oppose the Government’s hard Brexit plans and to vote to give EU nationals living in the UK the right to stay, enshrining it in legislation.
Forty local campaigners spoke to dozens of local residents about the importance of remaining in the Single Market for the local economy, running a street stall in Lewes town centre and collecting more than 700 signatures for the rights of EU Nationals to be protected.
The event was part of the Liberal Democrats' national day of campaigning on Europe with over 100 events taking place across the country.
Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate, who has succeeded Norman Baker, Kelly-Marie Blundell commented:
“Many people in Lewes are telling us they are deeply concerned about this Government’s divisive hard Brexit plans and Labour's failure to oppose them.
“Lewes voted decisively to Remain in the referendum, and most people certainly did not vote for Theresa May’s reckless decision to leave the Single Market or insistence on using EU nationals as bargaining chips.
“Maria Caulfield should do the right thing and vote to secure the rights of the many EU citizens living here. This must be done in legislation, not vaccuous Government promises, to make sure people are protected who are currently in a state of flux.
“This weekend we sent a clear message that those who don’t support the direction our country is going in should join the Liberal Democrats, the real opposition to this Brexit Government."