Brexit – Where do Labour, Conservatives and Liberal Democrats stand?

THE upcoming election was brought about by Brexit and looks set to be defined by it.

But what are the main parties saying about the issue? Here’s what you need to know.

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The upcoming election looks set to be defined by divisions over Brexit[/caption]

The Conservatives

The Conservative Party has made Brexit a central plank of its campaign so far.

It says it wants to leave the European Union by the end of January with Boris Johnson’s renegotiated deal.

The deal is a revised version of the one negotiated by Theresa May, and provides alternatives solutions to the problem of how to keep the border on the island of Ireland open after Brexit.

It would see a legal customs border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, but checks would not be carried out on that border.

Instead, they would happen at “points of entry” to Northern Ireland from Great Britain.

Speaking during a tour of an electric taxi manufacturer outside Coventry yesterday, the prime minister said: “We need to get Brexit done so we can spend… money on our priorities, end the uncertainty, and get on with our programme of uniting… the UK”.


The Labour Party says it would renegotiate the deal to include closer economic ties with the European Union.

It says it would then put that deal to voters in a referendum.

The party earlier voted to block the prospect of Britain leaving the EU without a deal.

Leader Jeremy Corbyn has said of the party’s position: “If you want to leave the EU without trashing our economy or selling out our NHS, you’ll be able to vote for it.

“If you want to remain in the EU, you’ll be able to vote for that.

“It won’t be a rerun of 2016.

“This time the choice will be between leaving with a sensible deal or remaining in the European Union.

“Only a Labour government will put the final decision in your hands.

“That’s the policy. It really isn’t complicated.”

The Liberal Democrats

The Liberal Democrats have said they would revoke article 50 if they won a majority in the coming election.

Failing that, they are in favour of a second referendum.

Leader Jo Swinson has criticised Jeremy Corbyn for not being willing to work with the Lib Dems in an anti-Brexit alliance.

“I’ve worked with Labour MPs who want to stop Brexit in parliament, but unfortunately the Labour leadership doesn’t want to stop Brexit and when the Unite to Remain alliance was put together they approached the Labour party who said absolutely not,” she said.

Though she has also denied that she would work with the Labour leader after the election.

“I am absolutely, categorically ruling out Liberal Democrat votes putting Jeremy Corbyn into No 10,” she said.

“On so many grounds, Jeremy Corbyn is not fit for the job of prime minister.”

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