Lib Dems put UK’s EU membership revival on the back burner

The Liberal Democrats have confirmed their acceptance of Brexit by ruling out campaigning for the UK to swiftly rejoin the EU.

The centrist pro-EU party suffered a terrible result in last December’s general election, winning just 11 seats after campaigning to end the Article 50 process that took the UK out of the EU.

The policy backed by party members on Monday (28 September) at their annual conference commits the party to campaign for UK membership of the European Union, only as “a longer-term objective” and subject to a new referendum. Instead, the party will focus its campaigning against a no-deal Brexit, and to secure the rights of EU citizens in the UK.

This year’s party conference season, normally a month-long political jamboree, is taking place via video conference because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since the election, Labour, which will hold its own party conference by video-conference next week, has also stated that it has no plans to campaign for the UK to rejoin the EU.

(Benjamin Fox | EURACTIV.com)

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