Ed Davey insists Lib Dems are ‘passionately pro-European’ despite dismissal of Rejoin campaign
- Credit: Archant
Ed Davey has attempted to clarity his party's position on Brexit, saying that he does not anticipate the public will want to 'revisit' the debate in 'two or three years time'.
The leader of the Liberal Democrats had aggrieved some of the most pro-European supporters in his party by appearing to rule out a rejoin campaign, but working on ensuring Brexit resulted in close ties with the EU.
The party clarified the remarks by insisting that they were undertaking a listening exercise after the last election, but that they would be the most pro-EU offering in the House of Commons, and that they were committed to fighting against Brexit.
Appearing on Sophy Ridge on Sunday, the political leader was asked about the remarks, and whether there would eventually be a rejoin campaign.
'Look we've opposed Brexit, everybody knows that. But the government has got a majority, and they pushed it through, and now the issue is there a going to be a deal, and knowing the shape of that.
'And beyond that, the issue, can we have relations with our friends and neighbours.
You may also want to watch:
'We are a pro-European party, I'm passionately pro-European, I want to be as close to our European friends and colleagues as possible, as it's in the interest of Britain'.
The presenter said his answer meant she was 'not clear' on whether there was to be a rejoin movement from the Lib Dems.
- 1 Priti Patel fails to appear in Commons to answer questions on missing police records
- 2 Tory minister admits UK rejected EU's music visa offer in order to 'take back control' of borders
- 3 Leave EU website suspended after EU registry blocks move to Ireland
- 4 Iain Duncan Smith defends calling Donald Trump 'a decent man'
- 5 The bigot we should have called out on day one
- 6 Kwasi Kwarteng confirms post-Brexit review of workers' rights
- 7 Boris Johnson blames seafood companies for post-Brexit sales slump
- 8 The Tory MPs who failed to vote against a Universal Credit cut
- 9 Bob Geldof vindicated over pro-EU fishing stunt, suggests broadcaster
- 10 Comedian wins praise after shaming No 10 during Dancing on Ice appearance
'I can't see us as the next election being anything other than pro-European, but I also think we need to face the situation as it is.
'Britain will have left the European Union, but I think the idea that people want to revisit this in two or three years time, I think that is for the birds.
'But we will remain passionately pro-European, determined to get the benefits of working with our friends and neighbours'.
Become a Supporter
The New European is proud of its journalism and we hope you are proud of it too. We believe our voice is important - both in representing the pro-EU perspective and also to help rebalance the right wing extremes of much of the UK national press. If you value what we are doing, you can help us by making a contribution to the cost of our journalism.