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  • Brexit
    Article: Mar 5, 2021

    It my not be the topic that people wish to hear about but if the realities of Brexit weren't apparent to the Brexiteers before embarking upon their project to downsize the UK economy, they must be thanking the pandemic for hiding the economic impact and what it means to business of becoming a 'third country'.

  • Reckless no-deal Brexit ()
    Article: Dec 11, 2020

    What we knew all along - Emperor wears no clothes in the final days of Brexit

    Mythical Sovereignty to trump Jobs and Food supplies as an 'Aussie Rules Deal' beckons

    As the end game in the four year Brexit saga approaches its final days; true to form, Blustering Boris has apparently unsucessfully attempted to divide the EU 27 with a final, rebuffed and desperate phone call to the French and German leaders to circuit the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier.

  • EU Protecting Nature
    Article: Aug 21, 2020

    They said a Trade Deal with the EU was going to be Easy!

    "To me, Brexit's easy", Nigel Farage

    "There is no plan for no deal, because we're going to get a great deal". Boris Johnson.

    "We hold all the cards and we can choose the path we want."We can easily conclude a new settlement with EU in that period", Michael Gove

  • EU limits mobile roaming phone charges
    Article: Jul 21, 2020

    British Retail Consortium (BRC) warns shoppers face higher prices if no EU trade deal

    "Government must put consumers first and agree a deal that avoids tariffs and minimises the impact of non-tariff barriers" says BRC Director

    Reuters Business News report that the retail industry have urged UK and European negotiators to reach a post-Brexit trade deal, warning that without tariff-free trade, consumers face higher prices from next year.

  • EU flag with question mark
    Article: Jun 24, 2020

    Extend the Brexit transition period say Lib Dems as another deadline looms

    Bank of England governor urges banks to step up no-deal Brexit plans

    CBI says British firms do not have the resilience to cope with a no-deal Brexit after the battering of the coronavirus crisis

    The Lib Dems said, At a time when our NHS, jobs, and the economy are already struggling, it would be unthinkable to rush through a bad deal, or worse get no deal at all.

  • EU trade agreements (European Movement UK, South Bank House, London SE17SJ)
    Article: May 18, 2020

    Ruling out an extension to the transition when the chances of achieving a comprehensive trade deal with the EU diminish by the day will cut no ice if the barriers to trade go up on 1st January 2021 and we suffer even more hardship and additional economic damage.

    If Covid-19 wasn't enough to tip the UK economy into a lengthy recession, the inability of the UK and EU to make progress on a post-Brexit trade deal, not wholly unexpected given this government's antipathy to Europe, is most definitely something that could do so and which should concern us as another Brexit cliff edge date beckons. If no free trade agreement is agreed before the UK leaves the transition period - during which we are treated like an EU member state - the economic damage from the sharp break with Europe is expected to be significant.

  • Coronovirus Update Spelthorne Liberal Democrats (Image by Vektor Kunst from Pixabay)
    Article: Mar 17, 2020

    Workers will get statutory sick pay from the first day off work, not the fourth, to help contain coronavirus, says PM but the UK's SSP is lagging "well behind" other European countries.

    Today the Chancellor announced significant levels of financial support to businesses to get them through the Coronavirus outbreak. Business rate relief and small grants are welcome, as are loans which will need to be paid back with interest.

  • EU funding
    Article: Mar 6, 2020

    Tory government spent at least £4.4 billion on Brexit planning says Audit Office

    22,000 civil servants worked on Brexit, £92m wasted in NO Deal "losses" paid to ferry companies & Eurotunnel, all before the actual leaving costs kick in.

    In the first detailed estimate of the cost of Brexit, the National Audit Office (NAO) says the Britain's government spent at least 4.4 billion pounds of taxpayers' money on preparations to leave the European Union. The NAO said that most of the money was spent on staff costs, building new infrastructure and paying for external advice.

  • UK passport Marianne Velvart@MarianneVelvart twitter (Marianne Velvart@MarianneVelvarttwitter UK passport)
    Article: Feb 24, 2020

    UK passport maker De La Rue left at risk and laying people off, as twice as many UK companies set up operations in the Netherlands in 2019 compared to a year earlier and the UK Brexit job and brain drain continues.

    Past comments by our Prime Minister have underlined what he thinks about British business and we have highlighted on numerous occasions through this website the continuing post Brexit trend for UK firms to move their base or some operations away from the UK to Europe. The soon to arrive new UK Blue Passports from Poland underlines just how 'taking back control' is going to pan out in reality for British businesses.'

  • EU
    Article: Feb 3, 2020

    Johnson government sends EU a message before trade talks begin: stating that Brexit means sovereignty and trumps the economy.
    This will be a blow to UK businesses in the East where the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) modelling had pointed to East Anglia being one of the areas most affected by Brexit, suffering a decrease in GDP in 2030 relative to remaining in the EU," the report says. Evidence* suggests that some local businesses had already voted with their feet, relocating - either partially or fully - to the EU.

    Article: Jan 31, 2020


    JANUARY 1973-JANUARY 2020

    For 47 years we have sat in a room with our most important political and economic partners, and occupied one of the prized seats; now all we can do is wait outside and beg to be heard.

    'There will be no peace in Europe if the States rebuild themselves on the basis of national sovereignty, with its implications of prestige politics and economic protection….

  • 50p brexit coin mock EOwxrr0WsAMaK8L.jpg
    Article: Jan 27, 2020

    The Brexit coin to mark leaving our friends, herald in a less secure world, isolation and economic instability

    10 million new 50 pence coins will be minted to mark the country's departure from the European Union, which bears the inscription "Peace, prosperity and friendship with all nations" and the Brexit date of 31 January 2020.

  • Article: Jan 23, 2020

    Lib Dems child refugee lobbying campaign fails as Tories push through the EU Withdrawal Bill

    The Brexit divorce agreement renegotiated by Johnson's government with Brussels, and approved by EU national leaders, finally passed its 3rd Reading in the Commons and now needs Royal assent and ratification by the European Parliament before it becomes law and a EU Treaty. MEPs are due to debate and vote on the deal next week (January 29) and are expected to pass it.

  • Article: Jan 13, 2020

    Lib Dems MPs recently tabled an amendment to the EU Withdrawal Agreement Bill to save Erasmus, so that students can live, study & work across the EU.

    Last week, the Tories voted it down.

    We will keep fighting to stop Boris Johnson limiting the horizons for young people.

    The Liberal Democrat amendment would have inserted a clause in the withdrawal agreement bill requiring the government to seek continued participation in Erasmus+ on existing terms after Brexit, and to report on the progress of negotiations to parliament. But on Wednesday MPs voted down a second reading of the amendment, by 344 to 254.

  • manifesto
    Article: Nov 21, 2019


    The Liberal Democrats have announced plans to spend £10 billion more a year on schools and hire 20,000 more teachers by the end of the next Parliament. In the Liberal Democrat Manifesto launched yesterday the Party said that using part of the £50 billion 'Remain Bonus' would be just one if the benefits of remaining in the European Union.

  • World on fire climate change 1
    Article: Nov 15, 2019



    We are in a climate emergency and the world needs urgent action. Australia bush fires, Venice flooding, California forest fires, UK floods. Global warming will not respect national boundaries, walls, barriers or species.

    That's why we need a Liberal Democrat government to be part of a European and international response.

  • CSNI party members 2019 (J James East Suffolk Lib Dems)
    Article: Nov 10, 2019


    Central Suffolk & North Ipswich Lib Dem members adopt James Sandbach as their candidate

    The Liberal Democrats launched their general election campaign in the Central Suffolk & North Ipswich seat at Henley Community Centre yesterday and endorsed James Sandbach as their candidate. With Party membership at its highest level for decades, significant support coming from both ex Conservative and Labour voters and the latest You Gov poll showing that the Lib Dems are the party to beat the Conservatives in the East of England there is all to play for in central Suffolk.

  • Jo Swinson we are ready for an election
    Article: Nov 5, 2019

    Liberal Democrats launch their General Election CampaigN

    Lib Dems announce £50 Billion 'Remain Bonus' for public services

    The Liberal Democrats have declared a Liberal Democrat government will Stop Brexit and use the £50 Billion Remain Bonus to invest in public services and tackle inequality.

    Stopping Brexit will generate a Remain Bonus for the public finances because under Remain, the economy will grow faster than under Brexit, leading to higher GDP and consequently higher public sector current receipts.
    The Liberal Democrats forecast that the economy will be 1.9% larger in 2024-25 if we stop Brexit than it would be under the Conservative Government's Brexit deal. That means government receipts will be higher too, providing a £50 billion Remain Bonus over the next five years.

    The £50bn figure reflects the total extra current receipts over the next five years. In 2024-25, the Remain Bonus will be worth £18bn.

  • Oct PV LD s March (Lib
    Article: Oct 26, 2019


    The UK reverts to Greenwich Mean Time at 2am on Sunday, October 27 when all clocks are turned back to 1am at that time.



  • Jo Swinson quote
    Article: Oct 18, 2019

    Boris Johnson announced yesterday that he has agreed a Brexit deal with the EU. But the fight to stop Brexit is far from over. If the Johnson deal passes the UK is heading for 'fairly hard' Brexit.

    Lib Dem Leader Jo Swinson MP said, The proposed deal will be bad for our economy, bad for our public services and bad for environmental standards. Just like every version of Brexit, this is a bad deal. Johnson's deal is nowhere near as good as the deal we have now, as a member of the EU. That is why I am more determined than ever to stop Brexit. That is why Liberal Democrats will be arguing that any deal should go back to the public in a People's Vote.

  • Peoples vote march 2019
    Article: Oct 15, 2019


    Next Saturday, as Parliament sits for the first time on a Saturday in 37 years to try and sort the Brexit mess, a massive People's Vote march will be taking place. MPs will be able to hear the end of the rally in Parliament Square

    The Lib Dems will be marching in support of a People's Vote with the very clear aim to stop Brexit.

  • Article: Oct 7, 2019

    Brexit continues to cause damage to the economy

    Every day that passes since the 2016 Referendum, the UK is hit by its consequential impact, locally, nationally and internationally. Brexiteers can continue to claim that the decision to Leave has had nil impact on the country's economy and jobs but the evidence is clear, the UK is no longer the welcoming, open nation and individuals are taking action to protect their lives, their businesses and investments and the future of their families. This reckless Brexit government are hellbent on dragging us out into the cold just as the impact of Johnson's fellow traveller Trump's trade war begins to bite and recessions loom. There is only one way to stop the damaging uncertainty and that is to STOP BREXIT and Revoke Article 50. We are still only at stage one in what will continue to be an endless war of words and bitter negotiations for years to come. For everyone's sake. Liberal Democrats are saying - end this mess now and REMAIN in the EU with the best Deal we have ever had.

  • Chuka Ummuna
    Article: Oct 1, 2019

    Chuka Umunna explains the Lib Dem position on votes of no confidence

    This post, taken from Chuka Umunna's Facebook page and will be of interest to many visitors to this site, some of whom have expressed their concern that Liberal democrat votes will put Jeremy corbyn into No10 albeit temporary.

    'I've read with some interest talk about a Vote Of No Confidence in the Government being tabled this coming week by the SNP in Parliament.

  • Article: Sep 25, 2019

    Casualties of Brexit

    (Extracted from an article on the (see also link at the end of document)

    According to the Tory Government, Brexit will have a positive effect on our country's future and economy. Furthermore we are continually being told that there have not been the predicted negative impacts since the 2016 Referendum.

  • Lib dems Join (Lib Dems .org)
    Article: Sep 16, 2019

    The super-rich are also importing more luxury cars ahead of the Brexit deadline reported the Guardian (12/8) In order to avoid tariffs that might be introduced following a hard Brexit more than 3,800 luxury cars were imported in the past year, a 16% increase on the previous 12 months, according to the law firm Boodle Hatfield.

  • Article: Sep 12, 2019

    Emergency Motion on Europe be debated on Sunday 15th September which we were unable to preview earlier has now been published.

    Emergency Motion: Stop Brexit

    Mover: Tom Brake MP (Shadow Cabinet Member for Exiting the EU).

    Conference notes that:

    A. The Conservative Government have made a mess of Brexit and Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party have been helping them to deliver this destructive Brexit.

  • Lib dems Join (Lib Dems .org)
    Article: Sep 6, 2019

    "So we want an election before the end of the year but I'm afraid we can't trust the Prime Minister to abide by the law of the land and request an extension to negotiations with Europe. So we need to hold his feet to the fire until he does and until we have seen an end to the no deal aspirations of this reckless Prime Minister. That means waiting until November before we choose a new Parliament" (Willie Rennie).

  • Article: Sep 5, 2019

    Almost 100 companies have left and another 325 companies worried about losing access to the European market are considering a move to the Netherlands.

    BREXIT - They said it wouldn't happen..

    Almost 100 companies have already relocated from Britain to the Netherlands or set up offices there to be within the European Union due to the United Kingdom's planned departure from the bloc, according to a Dutch government agency. A further 325 companies worried about losing access to the European market are considering a move, the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency said in a Reuters report.

  • Phillip Lee (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (])
    Article: Sep 3, 2019

    Pound picks up from a slump not seen since 2016, after Tory MP defects to the Liberal Democrats.

    The Liberal Democrats have gained another MP in former Tory, Philip Lee who crossed the floor of the House at the start of a critical week for parliament and the country and when fears for a no deal Brexit were forcing the currency closer to parity with the dollar and the Euro.

  • Article: Aug 30, 2019

    A Prime Minister elected by 0.25% of the 66m British people, with no majority or mandate, resorts to 'Bullingdon Club tactics' to close down Parliament in order to trash the Country.

    Silencing Parliament - Will we hear the People sing?

    'The Weimar Republic was a failed democracy, but ... democracies fail in different ways. We can't expect a direct re-run. But there are echoes, even if they are not yet audible to most voters. By the time we hear them, we may no longer be in a position to do anything about it'.

  • Off portrait of Dr Thérèse CoffeyAttribution 3.0 Unported Chris McAndrew (Attribution 3.0 UnportedChris McAndrew
    Article: Aug 26, 2019

    Local MP answers concerns about the social and economic impact of a No Deal Brexit upon Suffolk Coastal

    A local constituent (who is not a member of the Liberal Democrats) recently asked local Tory MP, Theresa Coffey for her 'assessment of the economic and social implications (both intermediate and longer term) for the Suffolk Coastal area should a no deal exit from the EU be the outcome'.

  • Lucy Nethsingha MEP
    Article: Aug 22, 2019

    Lucy Nethsingha now chair of the EU Legal Affairs Committee

    As reported by Jennifer Rankin in the Guardian(21August), our Lib Dem MEP for the East, Lucy Nethsingha**, is one of a handful of British MEPs voted into a leading role on European parliament committees, which play a significant role in EU lawmaking.

  • Article: Aug 16, 2019

    Jo Swinson 's reply to Jeremy Corbyn

    The Liberal Democrats have been working with Labour for some time and we will support a vote of No Confidence. We will continue to campaign for a People's Vote to give the British people the final say on Brexit and we are happy and keen to talk with the Labour leader but any new Prime Minister must command the support of the majority of the House.

  • Jo Swinson new Lib Dem leader
    Article: Aug 15, 2019

    Jo Swinson MP - leader of the liberal democrats

    "I stand ready to work with anyone to stop Boris Johnson and his hard-line Brexit government"

    to read Jo Swinson full speech click here

    In her first main speech since becoming leader Jo Swinson MP stood alongside new Lib Dem MP

    Sarah Wollaston and made it clear that she would work with all parties to stop Brexit including supporting a 'vote of confidence' but any plan for a temporary leader of an 'emergency government' had to command the confidence of the House something she doubted the Opposition Leader would be able to achieve, based upon his record on Brexit.

  • No to Boris Yes to Europe
    Article: Jul 17, 2019

    Anti-Brexit March for Change protest in London on Saturday

    Anti-Brexit campaigners are taking to the streets of central London this weekend with a simple message - 'no to Boris yes to Europe'.

    The March for Change has been organised by grassroots groups fighting against Brexit. The organisers say they want to send a clear message to the new prime minister, country and world that the people want Brexit to be stopped.

    Article: May 29, 2019

    Many thanks to all those who voted for the Liberal Democrats in the local elections and in the European Parliament Elections in East Suffolk


    East Suffolk District Elections

  • EU Flag plus LD emblem (LIberal Democrats)
    Article: May 27, 2019

    LIBERAL Democrats ride high in EU vote with 16 MEPs including 2 in the East

    Lib Dems take second place in East Suffolk as Tories and Labour trail in 4th and 5th place

    The Lib Dems were rewarded across the UK for their clear, consistent and unambiguous pro EU, anti Brexit campaign in the Euro elections. With a total of 16 MEPs, the Party topped the poll in London and secured a clear second place in most regions securing its rightful place as the clear leader of REMAIN.

  • Vince Cable
    Article: May 22, 2019

    Tonight, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Vince Cable addressed activists on the eve of poll in Cambridge.

    He was expected to say:

    Tomorrow Remainers have the chance to send a message to the Tories and Labour who have so bitterly let the country down over the past three years. Theresa May's legacy will be three years of leaderless squabbling and wasted opportunities.

    Every Liberal Democrat elected tomorrow will be a strong voice for a People's Vote and remaining in the EU.

    We have seen members of other parties pledge to support the Liberal Democrats because of our clear message that the people should have the final say. We are the strongest remain party and tomorrow we can deliver.

    We are proud to say that every vote for the Liberal Democrats is a vote to stop Brexit. Liberal Democrats activists have knocked on over 800,000 doors through this campaign, and tomorrow we will be out again working hard from dawn to dusk to deliver the result this country needs.

    Tomorrow Remainers can punish the Conservatives and Labour for letting them down and strike a hammer blow to the heart of Brexit.

    Winning in th East of England.

  • Article: May 20, 2019


    THURSDAY 23RD MAY 2019


    Thursday is polling day, and we have a great chance of gaining the most seats of any Remain party. To win those seats we need to make sure that we get out our voters.


  • Article: May 5, 2019

    On Monday 6 May(Bank holiday Monday) we launch our "Hello Suffolk!" campaign. Please join Jules Ewart and other campaigners at one of our local Pop-Up events organised specifically for YOU:

    • Woodbridge, 11am - outside Costa Coffee, Thoroughfare
    • Ipswich, 1pm by the '?' Art Work at Suffolk Uni on the Waterfront
    • Needham Market, 3pm - Station Yard, Needham Market
    • Halesworth and Southwold, 5pm - The Plough Inn, London Road, Wangford, Beccles NR34 8AZ
    • Lowestoft, 7pm - Norman Warrior Pub (Lib Dem member owned), Fir Lane, Lowestoft NR32 2RB

    The gatherings will last for around 40 mins to an hour. Meet candidates and find out more about the Suffolk European election campaign and how you can take part.

    Please make the effort to join us. Be assured the project is not overwhelming but it does require our local resources to carry it out. For more details please call me on 07770 666604 or reply to this email.

    Alternatively call your local party chair or the Suffolk Chair, John Shreeve on 07483 322821.

    We also encourage as many members as possible to take part in the Action Weekends (link) being hosted by Cambridge and Norwich on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

    Kindest wishes,

    Jules Ewart 
European Election Candidate for Eastern Region and PPC for Suffolk Coastal

    M. 07770 666604 

  • EU campaign 2019
    Article: Apr 26, 2019



    THE LIBERAL DEMOCRATS EASTERN REGION LIST FOR THE EU ELECTIONSEastern Region European election campaign team

    1 Barbara Gibson
    2 Lucy Nethsingha
    3 Fionna Tod
    4 Stephen Robinson
    5 Sandy Walkington
    6 Marie Goldman
    7 Julia Ewart

  • Article: Apr 15, 2019

    BRITAIN SHOULD BE A LEADER IN EUROPE, NOT A LEAVER says Brexit Spokesperson, Tom Brake MP

    The local election campaign is in full swing and we should keep concentrating on that but the country is unable to park Brexit for its duration whilst the current crisis continues.

    Liberal Democrat Brexit Spokesperson Tom Brake has made an invaluable contribution to the Party's campaign on Brexit and to the thinking as a pro-European and internationalist political party. We are happy to reproduce this for our readers.

  • March March 2019 Lds (Liberal Democrats)
    Article: Mar 26, 2019

    UK citizens took to the streets, the silent, peaceful Petition soared and Parliament called time on the Tory war.

    As Parliament takes control of the Brexit options, the pressure on the P.M. Government and MPs continues to build to take No Deal off the table and for the people to be given the opportunity to decide the UK's future relationship with the EU.

  • Article: Mar 21, 2019

    Petition to cancel BREXIT passes 1m 3m 5m signatures on Parliament site


    A petition calling for Theresa May to cancel Brexit by revoking Article 50 has passed a million signatures and was approaching 1.1m at 4pm on Thursday. By 3pm Friday 22nd the figure had passed 3.3m. On Sunday afternoon it topped the 5m. Most of the Suffolk constituencies had recorded around 8k signatures; someway to go to beat Bristol West with over 31k signatures and running.

  • Sir Vince Cable MP
    Article: Mar 18, 2019

    Sir Vince Cable makes his final Spring Conference speech as Leader

    " we are committed to tackling the underlying causes of Brexit. "

    " What is democracy if it is not the right for a country to change its mind?"

    " It is dividing families, communities, and even the United Kingdom and sucking the energy out of government.

  • 2 minutes to midnight Ryanicus GirraficusCC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain
    Article: Mar 16, 2019

    Parliament has been driven to the very cliff edge over Brexit.


    .......................*This is a dead Brexit Deal, - this Brexit Deal is stone Dead, - this Deal is no more, - it has ceased to be! 'I's expired and gone to meet 'is maker!


  • Peoples Vote
    Article: Mar 13, 2019

    March to give the People a Vote - 23 March

    On 23rd March the Liberal Democrats will be marching on the streets of London demanding a People's Vote.

    It's what Liberal Democrats have been calling for since day one.

    Theresa May has wasted over two years, stubbornly sticking to her red lines and refusing to seek a consensus across the parties. At the eleventh hour and with days to go until we could crash out of the EU without a Deal she has brought the Parliament to its knees and left the divided Country facing the biggest crisis for several generations.

  • Article: Mar 7, 2019

    Put the Brexit deal to the people

    #PutItToThePeople March

    In partnership with the Independent's Final Say campaign

    Join us on 23rd of March for the 'Put It To The People March' to make the calls for a People's Vote too loud to ignore.

    On the 23rd of March, just six days before the Government hopes to take Britain out of the EU, hundreds of thousands of people will march on Parliament offering a solution to a crisis that threatens their living standards, businesses and jobs. We demand a People's Vote, and come 23 March, it could be a case of now or never.

  • Theresa May
    Article: Mar 5, 2019

    East of England towns offered £25m 'Brexit Bung'

    First it was £1bn to the DUP to keep her Government in power now its Brexit 'Bung' money to cash strapped poorer towns. English towns are to get a £1.6bn funding boost over a seven year period as part of a package of measures clearly aimed at winning MPs support for Theresa May's Brexit deal.

  • 2 minutes to midnight Ryanicus GirraficusCC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain
    Article: Feb 28, 2019

    30 Days to Go - Better Late than Never...

    By JON jAMES

    Better late than Never - Pro Europe Tory and Labour MP's leave their Pro-Brexit led parties and their stubborn tribal leaders.

    Better Late than Never - 'She of the red lines' and 'Brexit means Brexit' on March 29th, plans to leave a final decision to ask the EU to extend Article 50 until Tuesday 19th March.