Vince Cable: Swinson’s revoke Article 50 promise is a ‘distraction’
- Credit: Archant
The former Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable has hit out at his party's flagship policy to revoke Article 50 if it wins a majority.
Since Jo Swinson took over from Sir Vince in July, the party adopted a policy at conference to cancel Brexit without a second referendum from the moment it would take power.
LETTERS: The problem with the Lib Dem and Labour election campaignsWATCH: Jo Swinson holds back tears in revealing interview about her fatherHowever, speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Sir Vince said that he found the strategy "wildly improbable".
He said: "I've always argued that actually it was wildly improbable.
"We were never going to get 350 MPs, so the policy had been and should be to argue for the People's Vote, going back to the public, to the referendum with support for Remain.
"So the revoke was a distraction and not a very helpful one."
You may also want to watch:
The policy, which was adopted at conference, initially polled very positively among party supporters in the summer, when Lib Dems took 16 MEP seats in the EU elections.
- 1 The stench of scandal seeping out from Britain
- 2 Why is devout Jacob Rees-Mogg so quiet about Boris Johnson's affairs?
- 3 Dominic Cummings' new venture could cause concern for No 10
- 4 Major and Blair were right about Brexit and Northern Ireland
- 5 Roman Kemp: Depression and coping with George Michael's death
- 6 Government deletes pro-Scottish independence blog post
- 7 The symbolism behind the reopening of pubs
- 8 Why are there so few BAME faces on the fronts of our newspapers?
- 9 David Cameron and Matt Hancock discussed NHS scheme over 'private drink'
- 10 PM chooses not to attend Prince Philip’s funeral because of guest limits
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.