With only one year to go for a UK-EU deal to be reached (when incorporating the time it takes for the deal to be ratified by the EU Parliament and the EU27), it's time the Government got real and made some constructive offers such as to ring-fence citizens' rights. This is their only real chance of breaking the deadlock. We can all hear the clock ticking away...
In the last year I have been labelled a "remoaner", called a traitor and asked to shut up and get on with it. As a democrat, I accept the result of the referendum but I equally will not cave in to those who want to silence anyone who challenges the Government's 'Hard Brexit' approach.
We cannot sit by and let young people fall through the cracks, as the Conservatives stack the cards against them. From Hard Brexit to struggling schools, the interests of our future generations are being completely ignored... The right to have a roof over your head is a fundamental one, and we must defend it.
A recent ICM poll found that a mere 35% of British citizens agree with leaving the EU without a deal, something that Theresa May has threatened to do. But Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party don't seem to care, backing the Tories in the Commons all the way.
As the UK embarks on the most complex series of discussions ever undertaken, the outcome of which will significantly define the future of our country, I will always keep in mind the contagious energy, passion and hope of all the local students I met last year and the millions of younger people across the UK. They are looking for a voice to defend their life chances. We will do our utmost to deliver.
Just a few minutes after the PM's speech yesterday, a triumphant Nigel Farage rightly congratulated himself for his effective takeover of the UK Government. Indeed Theresa May's address, aimed at appeasing the right wing tabloids, sounded like a UKIP conference speech. There can be no doubt it would have received a resounding and prolonged standing ovation there.
The party's success in Witney surprised the Conservative Government, and showed the public that our fightback is well underway. An even stronger challenge in Richmond Park would shake the Government's resolve. It would be a huge victory for progressive, liberal values.
In a year where post-truth has come to dominate, we should take a step back, avoid self-inflicted damage, and do everything we possibly can to retain our membership of the single market. If not, this ugly truth will hurt for a very long time.
Everyone who believes in keeping Britain an open country - open to business, to talent, to Europe and the world - should welcome the Court's decision. Now we need to focus on fighting for a Brexit deal that will retain our openness and prosperity in the years to come.
Across the country, Lib Dem membership is soaring. We are now at our highest membership in over a decade. That's more members than joined during our protest of the Iraq War and more than during the heights of Cleggmania.
It is a bit rich for the man who made EU baiting and hating an Olympic sport to claim the BBC is obsessed with Brexit. If the BBC or anyone else is obsessed with Brexit it is because our exit from the EU is going to dominate the government's and therefore the media's agenda for probably the next three or four years.
How has our new PM responded to the destructive instability Brexit has created for a whole continent? She has appointed the three leading Brexiteers Johnson, Fox, and Davis to lead the Brexit negotiations. Is she serious? They got us into this fine mess in the first place.
Turkey, a country of 76million people, which borders Syria and Iraq, will be a full member of the European Union by 2020. By 2024, a million Turks will have moved to the United Kingdom. And a few years after that, armed Turkish gangs will be marauding through sleepy British towns and villages. That was the message the Vote Leave campaign, led by Boris Johnson, pushed relentlessly throughout the referendum on our EU membership. So you would have thought that, once Boris was promoted to the dizzying heights of Foreign Secretary, he would do everything in his power to dampen speculation that Turkey would become part of Europe. Not a bit of it.
Iain Duncan Smith's project, which he has long since walked away from and left in the hands of others, is on the rocks. The Government have chosen to test a critical system by running it live, with real data, affecting real people and causing many casualties.
The Conservative Party has become cavalier about the security of the United Kingdom. Labour is even worse. As the Liberal Democrats' record shows ours is the only party that has consistently acted as a mature, prudent defender of our country's security.
We must be scared of the direction Mrs May is taking us in. I fear that rather than a move back to the centre, we are being edged towards the right and with the Labour Opposition in disarray, there will be no real counter to this party for the next four years. Without real opposition, the Tories will undoubtedly bulldoze even more of the welfare state and push the NHS to breaking point.
The British public deserve to have their say, take stock of what vision this political leader has for our country and decide which path they want our country to go down. Without such an election, Theresa May will have no mandate and the British public will have a Prime Minister they don't know and have not endorsed.
15/07/2016 16:01 BST
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