Amid concerns for unity within the Remain movement, an iconic campaigner tried to pin down Change UK interim leader Heidi Allen.
Steve Bray, also known as ‘Mr Stop Brexit’, collared Allen in a friendly but hurried exchange on College Green, seemingly to ask whether Change UK had been approached by the Liberal Democrats for an alliance.
He said: ‘The one key question I need to ask you: Liberal Democrats reached out, and …’
Before he could finish, Allen said: ‘Honestly, I’m not going to answer that question,’ adding that she had to be somewhere.
A report from the Financial Times recently suggested that if the Greens, the Liberal Democrats and Change UK put together a unified set of candidates they could win 16 of the 60 European Parliament seats being contested.
Without this, said the analysis, that number would be reduced to just seven, held only by the Liberal Democrats.
READ MORE: Anti-Brexit parties could double their seats in the European elections if they form pactHowever, talks between the parties so far are reported to have come to nothing.
Bray’s own decision to quit his candidacy in the EU elections was motivated by through his concerns about splitting the Remain vote, telling The New European that he was ‘frustrated’ by Change UK’s rumoured rejection of a partnership with the Liberal Democrats.
READ MORE: ‘Mr Stop Brexit’ stands down as EU candidate in the name of Remain unity‘We need to create unity,’ he said.
‘It broke my heart not to stand. But the nation must come before anything else – before politics, before party.’