Daniel Zeichner MP has reacted with sadness after Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson rejected Jeremy Corbyn’s anti-Brexit offer as “nonsense” and challenged local Lib Dems to demand their leader changes her mind.
The isolated Lib Dem leader is at odds with SNP, Plaid Cymru, Green and rebel Conservative MPs who agreed to meet Mr Corbyn saying, “we agree that our common priority should be to work together in parliament to stop a no-deal Brexit and welcome your invitation to discuss the different ways this might be achieved.”
Daniel Zeichner MP said: “The isolated Lib Dem leader is playing politics. The leader of the opposition has a constitutional right to form a new government. And look at what he is promising. If Labour wins a no-confidence vote in the government, he will delay Brexit, call a snap election and campaign for another referendum. That should be music to the ears of anyone who truly wants to stop Brexit. Everyone who wants a second referendum needs to pile the pressure on Jo Swinson now – I am hoping the Cambridge Lib Dems step up to the plate. A second referendum is tantalisingly close. We must not lose our nerve.”
Deputy council leader Anna Smith added: “Despite all the bold claims made by the Lib Dems in council meetings, it now seems that their leadership has ruled out working with Labour to defeat no Deal and secure a second referendum. It just goes to show that for all their talk about putting the country first, this is about scoring points against Labour rather than getting us out of this Brexit mess. I call on the local Lib Dems to condemn their party’s actions and persuade Jo Swinson to support these proposals.”