A happy and peaceful Chanukah to all Jewish people around the world!
Chanukah is a special time of the year for so many reasons. It’s aboutsolidaritywith friends and family. It’s aboutovercoming adversityin impossible circumstances. Most importantly, it’s about the power of faith and how it can make wonderful things happen.
It’s not an easy time for Jewish people at the moment – antisemitism is on the rise and terrible events like Pittsburgh remind us how important it is that people are allowed to practice their faithfreely and openly.
We will always fight for the rights of Jewish people. The right to be free. The right to be safe. The right to remain in a Europe that representshome to millions of Jewish peoplearound the world.
Times may be difficult but we will always be proud to stand side by sidewith Jewish people andsay no to intolerance, division and hatred.
As Jewish people across the world light their menorahs and chanukiahs tonight, we are reminded of the power in standing together and uniting to change the world for the better.
Thank you for standing with us this Chanukah. We will safeguard our place in Europe. We will stand up to hate crime. We will fight antisemitism in every form. Andwe will win.
Boris’ bad Brexit bill is before the House of Commons today.
So what are we doing to fight the damaging and dangerous effects it will have on democratic scrutiny, workers’ rights, the battle against the climate crisis, and more?
Today, we tabled an amendment to block the Withdrawal Agreement Bill because:
- It fails to give the people the final say on the Brexit deal
- It fails to ensure continued tariff-free access to the Customs Union and Single Market
- It fails to guarantee the rights of UK citizens in the EU, and EU citizens in the UK
- It fails to safeguard protections for workers’ rights, children’s rights, and the environment
The Bill is now progressing to Committee Stage, where Layla Moran is tabling the following amendment to protect the Erasmus+ scheme and the opportunities it provides.
Implementation period negotiating objectives: Erasmus+
(1) It shall be an objective of the Government to secure an agreement within the framework of the future relationship of the UK and the EU before the end of the implementation period that enables the UK to participate in all elements of the Erasmus+ programme on existing terms after the implementation period ends (“the Erasmus+ negotiations”).
(2) A Minister shall lay before each House of Parliament a progress report on the Erasmus+ negotiations within six months of this Act being passed.
The Liberal Democrats will continue to oppose Brexit every step of the way and fight to stop the avalanche of harm it looks set to unleash.
Today, Boris Johnson will take his reckless Withdrawal Agreement to MPs.It will be rushed through to meet the arbitrary deadline of January 31st.
Johnson and his government don’t care how it will affect British people, or how the worst off in our society will be hit hardest.
They just want to push Brexit through, whatever the cost.
A harmful Brexit deal isn’t the only plan they have which will irreparably damage our country. Among the announcements in the Queen’s Speech are plans to:
- Set a legal deadline to end the ‘transition period’ with the EU in December 2020 –with or without a trade deal
- Scrap freedom of movementand introduce a discriminatory points-based immigration system
- Require photo ID to vote,disenfranchising thousands if not millions of British people
This is a disgrace.
The Conservatives are already running roughshod over our democracy and our human rights.
Labour won’t hold the Conservatives to account. They’re too busy fighting amongst themselves.
Only the Liberal Democrats can take on this Conservative government, before they do irreversible damage to our country.
We have a lot of work to do.
Voting reform is not about the electoral advantage of any party.
It is about better democracy.
As politicians we have a responsibility to ensure voters across the UK do not feel disenfranchised.
In this election the Liberal Democrats increased their vote share by 4%, more than any other party, but achieved fewer seats in Parliament.
In comparison, the Conservatives increased their vote share by just 1% and achieved a huge majority.
This election result does reflect the votes millions made across our country.
However, a healthy democracy also relies on a strong and functioning opposition.
The Liberal Democrats will continue to hold Boris Johnson’s government to account and fight for an inclusive, open and democratic society.
Boris Johnson’s government has set out a disastrous agenda which will force through a hard Brexit, undermine our public services, destroy opportunities for our communities and cripple living standards.
Brexit will hinder our ability to safeguard our NHS and reduce our capacity to tackle the climate crisis.
The fact that radical climate action has been ignored is a hallmark of a government which is setting all the wrong priorities.
Boris Johnson has the votes to secure much-needed legislation to reduce emissions such as:
- insulating our homes
- investing in renewables
- increasing uptake of electric vehicles
But he clearly just doesn’t care about our planet.
The Liberal Democrats will continue to scrutinise this Conservative government, hold Boris Johnson to account and fight for the liberal, inclusive, compassionate society we want to see.
This news is yet more evidence that Boris Johnson’s government looks set to crash our economy thanks to his disastrous Brexit plans.
Whether its putting people’s livelihoods on the line in our factory sector, or increasing prices with the pound weakening in 2020, it is clear that Boris Johnson’s promise to unleash Britain’s potential is nothing more than empty rhetoric.
We haven’t even left yet.
But the damage to communities right across the UK is already being felt, not to mention the no deal threats he is now trying to force into law.
The Liberal Democrats will continue to oppose Brexit and hold the Conservative government to account for the damage they look set to unleash.
The latest EU Settlement Scheme Statistics, published by the Home Office, show more than 140,000 EU citizens applied to live and work in the UK after Brexit in November.
These figures show 361,900 people are still waiting for a decision, with 2,592,800 applications received but only 2,230,900 concluded.
361,900people left in limbo over Christmas, not knowing if they’ll be forced to leave the country they live and work in.
Too many EU nationals are deeply anxious about their right to stay.
Many of them fill vital roles in our health service and our schools.
It’s disgraceful for the Conservative government to leave them in legal limbo like this.
Boris Johnson continues to break his promise to automatically guarantee the rights of EU citizens in law. Thousands of EU citizens are set to miss out on Settled Status and be left vulnerable to the Tories’ Hostile Environment.
The Liberal Democrats will continue to stand up for EU citizens by opposing Brexit. We will fight to guarantee their rights to live and work in the UK.
Boris Johnson plans to remove the safety net in the Withdrawal Agreement by making it illegal for Parliament to extend the transition period beyond December 2020.
Nothing is safe from this Tory Government’s reckless approach to Brexit.
It will send the country straight off the no-deal cliff.
The only way Johnson can meet the December 2020 timetable is by breakingall his promises to Leave voters and agreeing to all the demands of the EU.
People deserve better than a future where a Prime Minister willingly threatens jobs, the environment and the NHS.
The Liberal Democrats will continue to stand up for Remainers up and down the country and oppose Brexit.