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Lib Dems launch poster attacking May

May 20, 2017 3:52 PM
Originally published by South Lincolnshire Liberal Democrats

The Liberal Democrats have today launched a poster attacking Theresa May for adopting Nigel Farage's vision for Brexit.

Vote Her Get Him

Launching the hard hitting poster in Twickenham, Vince Cable slammed Theresa May's plans to rip Britain out of the Single Market and pointed out her extreme agenda was backed by UKIP who are standing down in swathes of seats to back the Tories.

Vince CableLiberal Democrat Shadow Chancellor Vince Cable said:

This week has been about manifestos

To understand what is going on you have to listen to the voices of the people who are Mrs May's cheerleaders and admirers.

Nigel Farage. He purrs like an elder statesman, his job done.

He said of the Prime Minister "she is using exactly the words and phrases I have been using for 20 years. I'm thrilled"

He should be. She has adopted wholesale the UKIP model of Brexit. No half measures. Out of the Single Market. Out of the customs union. Out of all the sensible cooperation around science and environment. The agenda of the hard right.

And not just on Europe. Do you remember the man who smiled with President-elect Donald Trump in a gold-encrusted lift? Who used his good offices to secure a meeting for our Prime Minister. Her hand-holding. Backing for the Trump administration. The close bonding. The treat of a state visit to come. Not that it achieved anything. The tough American trade negotiators have made it clear that economic size, not sentiment, determines priorities: the EU before the UK.

Then, refugees. Nigel Farage posed in front of a poster of Syrian refugees fleeing the war. Spreading fear and distrust. But Mrs May is just as determined to keep foreigners out. Refugees. Students who are not immigrants and help our economy. Essential workers. They all fall under her net immigration target. As George Osborne has reminded us the more thoughtful Conservatives regarded the target as absurd and damaging and she hopelessly failed to meet it in any event. But UKIP is cheering her on.

Farage is 'thrilled' for her. And that is because he is the architect in chief of her Brexit strategy.

It didn't have to be like this. She could have taken as her inspiration the most politically successful Conservative Prime Minister in peacetime: Margaret Thatcher. But Mrs Thatcher is the creator of the Single Market.The Four Freedoms. Nothing to do with Brussels and Juncker. A British creation and a fine one which served Britain well. But Mrs May wants to trash her predecessor's legacy.

And this is more than a meeting of minds with the UKIP hard right. There is an alliance. Not a Progressive but a Regressive Alliance. UKIP are standing down in a third of their seats for the Tories.

They realise that there is no need for a UKIP candidate when the Conservative will represent them!

That is what we believe the public should be reminded of until polling day