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Brighton and Hove Liberal Democrats

Lib Dems call for EU referendum in December 2018

December 20, 2017 9:36 AM
Originally published by City of Wolverhampton Liberal Democrats

Britain should have an EU referendum on the final deal in December in 2018. There would be a 12-week campaign starting in September to give the UK the option to accept a deal or stay in the EU.

This would be compatible with the tight timetable of EU withdrawal, falling within the article 50 timeframe of two years, which will end in March 2019.

The Lib Dem leader, Vince Cable, said there was growing public support for a referendum on the final deal, citing a recent poll by Survation that found 50% of respondents wanted a vote.

"This potential timeline to a public vote shows Brexit is not a done deal. It can be stopped, but not without the approval of the British public," he said. "It's time the Conservatives - and the Labour leadership - listened."

The party's proposed timetable is:

Vince Cable said his party would campaign to remain in the EU regardless of the outcome of the Brexit negotiations, as any deal agreed could not have better terms than full membership.