Today our MPs had an opposition debate in the House of Commons.
We asked members and supporters of the Liberal Democrats to vote to decide what our opposition debate would be about: a final say on the Brexit deal, how we will fund the NHS into the future, and Trump’s visit to the UK.
The results of the vote were:
- Brexit: 14,839 (77.43%)
- NHS: 3,853 (20.01%)
- Trump: 475 (2.48%)
Total votes cast: 19,164
So Brexit won by a huge margin!
You can watch the highlights here!
Or catch the full debate here.
Theresa May tried to portray strength as her Cabinet decamped to Chequers to review her Brexit plans. Rebels ministers were warned they would lose their official cars if they resigned, with taxis on standby to shuttle the disloyal back to London.
This was May’s moment to bring her Cabinet in line.
For a moment, it appeared that May had managed to quietly stifle dissent. Then the dam broke.
Late Sunday night, the Prime Minister’s own Brexit Secretary, David Davis, resigned.
Oops Theresa May.
The British people woke Monday morning to the image of a government in disarray as the PM’s chief Brexit negotiator finally jumped ship.
The Tories then held their breath wondering if any other resignations would follow. Coincidentally, people couldn’t pin down a certain Foreign Secretary…
In a huge blow to Theresa May’s leadership, the Prime Minister lost her Foreign Secretary and Brexit Secretary within 24 hours, and a host of junior ministers too. Though not everyone was sad to see Boris go.
Strong and stable? Doesn’t look like it anymore. Questions swirled over the Prime Minister’s future.
People online were even having some fun recalling the promises of David Cameron years ago of a strong and stable Tory government, as this tweet did the rounds:
But at the end of the day, Theresa May’s woes are a result of a messy and mishandled of a Brexit.
After this chaotic day, tens of thousands of people signed up to our campaign to Exit from Brexit. Theresa May has demonstrated clearly that Brexit would be an absolute disaster for the country, and that she can barely keep her government together.
It’s time the people had the final say on the Brexit deal with the option to stay in the EU.
If you agree add your name below:
Bluntly, David Davis’ resignation today makes it clear: this government is up shit creek without a paddle.
It is obvious to all – Brexiters and Remainers alike – that Theresa May cannot deliver on Brexit.
This is most important issue in a generation and the government has failed.
“This Government is up s**t creek without a paddle”
There’s only one option for them now. Hand Brexit back over to the people to have the final say on the Brexit deal, and include the option to remain in the EU.
My fellow Lib Dem MPs and I will be calling on the government to extend ‘Article 50’ (or delay the day we’re set to leave the EU) today.
But to pile the pressure on, I need your help.
I want 100k people to sign our petition.
Please sign our petition to Exit from Brexit today.
And ask just one friend. Perhaps its someone at work, a fellow parent at the school gates or a neighbour. We all know someone who might sign if only we asked them.
Today is UK Black Pride, a day to hear from and celebrate those of us who live in the BAME-LGBT intersection.
I am one of these people.
My name is Nadya Phoenix and I am on the board of the newly established Liberal Democrat Campaign for Race Equality.
Coming out was a long, and at times very lonely road for me. It took attending an Arab Lesbian/Bisexual event for me to realise that I was not alone. It was a massive step in accepting my sexuality and myself.
This is why intersectional celebrations like Black Pride are so important. For a long time, the voices of those experiencing compounding marginalisation were the ones we did not hear from at all.
I’m proud to live in a Britain that is fighting to change that. I hope you will join me in this fight.
I wish you a very happy Black Pride.
What is an opposition day debate?
Opposition Days are a chance for opposition party’s to decide on a motion for debate in the House of Commons. In most cases the Official Opposition will choose the topic, but this Tuesday we will get to set the agenda and debate an issue of our choosing. We only get to lead opposition day debates once a year, so we want to ensure we use this to debate the issue which is most important to our members.
We will have three hours to debate the issue and a Government Minister will have to attend to respond to the debate. At the end of the debate we will be able to vote on the motion. If we defeat the Government, the relevant Minister will have to respond to the vote by making a statement to the House of Commons within a maximum time period of 12 weeks.
What could we be debating?
- A final vote on the Brexit deal: The Liberal Democrats are fighting for an Exit from Brexit. We can see the Government are making a mess of Brexit and Labour are helping them to do it. We want to hold both the other Parties to account and challenge them on why they are refusing to give the people the final say on the Brexit deal.
- Sustainability of the NHS into the future: The NHS and social care services are in crisis. They are critically underfunded, demand is rising and inequality in the treatment of mental ill health persists . In response the Government have made only offered vague and uncosted promises, while continuing to deny the severity of the challenges that the NHS and social care are facing. We want to challenge the Government to deliver a sustainable funding settlement for the NHS and social care, which will safeguard these vital services for generations to come.
- Donald Trump’s visit to the UK: We don’t believe that the Government should be welcoming Donald Trump to the UK, and Theresa May and Boris Johnson should be clearer in criticising his record in office, particularly his atrocious disregard for human rights. We want to challenge the Government to raise these issues with the President when he arrives in the UK.
Have your say!
Vote here and help us decide what to debate on Tuesday!