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Let's pause for a minute, and review just what happened to The #LibDems at #GE2019.

Unlike the recent hand-wringing internal review, I don't believe for a second that the policy to #RevokeArticle50 was toxic to the majority of potential #LibDems voters.
1. The Labour Party's refusal to enter into stand-down pacts.

History is already being rewritten, placing the blame for non-cooperation on The #LibDems.

This simply isn't true.

Even Labour MPs at the time, admitted it was LABOUR whom refused.…
2. Fear of a Corbyn-led government outweighed concerns regarding Brexit.

In polls during the weeks preceding #GE2019, it was clear that Boris Johnson wasn't very popular...

But it was also clear that Jeremy Corbyn was EXTREMELY unpopular.…
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The Brexit negotiations must conclude by the end of June, the Brexit panic has yet to set in.

The UK is staring down the barrel of its own gun.

The EU are just waiting for us to pull the trigger.

They won’t flinch.
The EU isn’t in a panic, they don’t need us, they’ve already decided to endure some minor economic fall out, to bridge the EU budget gap, to continue to integrate, to reduce barriers further.

They want us to stay but not at any price, if we want so called liberty then off we go.
We don’t hold many cards, almost none, we can’t sit across the negotiating table like an enraged BXP moron and expect to be taken seriously.

EU citizens aren’t out rioting on our behalf, they’re simply amazed at our stupidity.
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Here is my take on #TacticalVoting in #Wycombe:

1) 2017 and even 2015 stats are based on a very different context and we have 2 different parliamentary candidates (#LibDem & Labour) 👇
2) Labour are not a #ProRemain party. They’ve repeatedly voted against #Remain amendments & refused to join the #RemainAlliance. #Wycombe is still a #Remain constituency. Corbyn is a Brexiteer & can whip his MPs to vote for a #Lexit deal, contrary to suggestions at local level 👇
3) Labour have a national policy against entering into pacts. They won't do it.
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#GE2019 #GeneralElection2019

Are you still #undecided?
Are you thinking of voting #LibDem? Think very hard: your vote may get you a very bad #Brexit.
You want to #Remain & that's why you're voting #LibDem?
But the #LibDems can't #RevokeArticle50 unless they win the election. In 2017 they won 12 seats. They need 326 MPs to win. How many do they need to claim a mandate to #Revoke?
Maybe the #LibDems can form a minority government?
Could a minority government #RevokeArticle50? Even for that the #LibDems would need at least 200 seats. And what other parties would they then need for success? The #SNP might vote to #RevokeArticle50, but would they be enough?
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On 24/6/16 Corbyn beat the most rabid Brexiters to demand that.....
"Article 50 has to be invoked now"
But once the dust had settled, Corbyn was seemingly quite happy for May to dictate (🤔) her route to Brexit, with no input from anyone else.
It was Gina Miller, (ie not Corbyn) that ensured Parliament at least had the opportunity, to discuss Brexit.
Corbyn (3-line) whipped his MP's to trigger Article50.
Most (but not all) obliged on 29/3/17, two days after Labour's '6 tests' were announced.
When 498 MP's voted, it's obvious none had a clue what they were doing.
Reckless & stupid.
Many of these are *still* unanswered.
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No-deal Brexit: Will hit leave-voting areas hardest

Salisbury, Sunderland and Carlisle are among the English cities where jobs would be worst hit in the event of a no-deal Brexit, according to a secret government list leaked to The Sunday Times.…
The "official sensitive", requiring security clearance on a "need to know" basis reveals 29 of the 33 areas most vulnerable to job losses if the UK crashes out of the EU with no deal.

The 4, worst affected areas will be contained in another, higher classified document.
Only 37% of small and medium-sized enterprises have made sufficient, or any, preparations for a no-deal Brexit.

In many cases, preparation just isn't possible due to the size of the company / barriers to trade.

Moving to the EU27 would be the only viable option.
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Theresa May was dealt a bad hand if cards, and played them astonishingly badly. As a result we now have a puppet populist as PM, in hock to hedge fund managers, would be tax avoiders, Trump and Putin.
By contrast, @UKLabour were dealt a phenomenal hand, who h they have squandered. Instead of standing up for the ordinary working man and woman, and for the disabled, at every step they have enabled the far right Brexit project.
@UKLabour could and should not have insisted that a marginal referendum following a campaign in which unicorns (some of them Lexit inventions) were sold as reality had to be "respected" and implemented, however damaging it would be.
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Essential reading @SKinnock @normanlamb @CarolineFlintMP @RoryStewartUK & colleagues hoping for a Brexit compromise. The politics just don't add up. The only way out of this politically *and constitutionally* is to go back to the people.

A thread...

@SKinnock @normanlamb @CarolineFlintMP @RoryStewartUK & colleagues: @davidallengreen explains how the 2016 referendum will continue to destabilise our precarious unwritten constitutional arrangements until we lance the boil.

What started with the people needs to end with the people. Only a #PeoplesVote with two legally defined, practicably deliverable options can bring back stability to the system.

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Thread: I just wrote to and sent copies to media:
Reading the #yellowhammer leaked and redacted publicised versions, it is evident that #Brexit is the disaster the experts have been warning about. #
2/ We also know why the 31/10 date is so important as it will allow the people that donated their money to the Johnson campaign to recoup their investment by betting on the markets. The public can not be fooled anymore. #LiarJohnson #RevokeArticle50
3/ We would like to put it on record that if anyone dies because of no deal, we will hold the Government accountable and we will prosecute the Government for their death. #LeafAlliance #StopTheCoup
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.@ByDonkeys might this be of interest?

Remember this piece of Leave propaganda from 2016?

Three years on, I thought it was a good time to see how their *claims* panned out, so I've tracked down the photos they used and made memes.

TL;dr — Leave was the real #projectfear!
2016 Leave claim: if you vote Remain we'll have no Parliament, no democratic voice

2019 Parliament is fighting for its sovereignty vs a dictatorial unelected govt intent on smashing our constitution & installing an Orwellian regime to inflict a no-mandate-#NoDealBrexit on us.
2016 Leave claim: if you vote Remain, it'll lead to UK break-up.

2019: #Brexit threatens UK union. 60% of Tory Party members wld rather the UK split than cancel Brexit.

Any sensible govt wld now stop this destructive project & help citizens get a grip on reality. Not this govt!
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Everybody watching the Great Hack on Netflix is truly shocked at the lengths to which our personal data was collected in Facebook and manipulated for political gain, even those who were already aware of it are astonished.…
It’s far worse than you can imagine. The brexit result in 2016 is very clearly suspect. For those of you who keep insisting that Facebook did not make grannies in Carlisle vote for brexit well HOW DO YOU KNOW?
I promise you millionaires who bought brexit did not become rich by spending millions on something which makes no difference. The referendum margin was 1,269,501 people. If only just over half
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Can someone please tell the dollar, the yen and the euro that the UK is about to enter a new golden age, and that they should show more optimism and creative ambiguity instead of talking the British economy down?

"No downside only a considerable upside"...?
"Sunlit uplands"...?
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This fairy story pushed by Boris Johnson claiming it is lack of patriotic faith which somehow has brought Brexit to it’s knees really is pulling the wool over our eyes. I ask you this. Why did the Brexit architects think so little of the UK and British influence all those years?
Do they believe their own press that their public policy failings were the fault of EU law? Do they believe their own press that the UK was a victim, a prisoner of the the EU whilst at the same time being
so important and powerful that the 27 partners would roll over and give them absolutely everything they want? The truth (complex and nuanced) of our relationship with the EU is a long way from the simplistic banana and kipper rubbish fed to the “masses” by Johnson & co.
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Today is possibly .@theresa_may's last day as PM, if .@BorisJohnson can command a majority (which is in some doubt...)

So it's a great opportunity to look back at some of the *highlights* of Mrs May's premiership in memes👇
13 JUL 2016: May was appointed as PM and named her Cabinet shortly thereafter, surprising many by giving 3 of the top #Brexit-related jobs to arch-brexiters Boris Johnson, David Davis & Liam Fox. Sheer folly, or genius in making them own what they'd sold? Sadly, the former😢
5 OCT 2016: With such a narrow result, the country could be forgiven for expecting May to propose a consensual solution, as Norway PM Erna Solberg had done in a similar situation. Most Remainers would've accepted #Norway.

May's #CitizensOfNowhere speech crushed all hope.
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This is actually an excellent take

There may be a number of people for whom a 2nd ref is a massive turn off - they hate #Brexit but see "getting it done" as preferable to "dragging it out"

So just #RevokeArticle50, one simple action and #Brexit goes away in a puff of smoke
As @dirktherabbit says, there is a powerful simple narrative here. The Tory brexiters had their chance and instead got dragged into foolish infighting

Why should we be dragged into their psychodrama?

They failed, they couldn't agree

@dirktherabbit Who knows, maybe even some no dealers want it because its "clean" rather than actually a worthy goal?
A vote for Remain is a vote for a 2nd ref, make it a vote for a straight #RevokeA50 because theres no time for anything else
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In order to mark 3 years since the disastrous EU referendum, our group was out campaigning on the streets of #chester for the whole weekend. We wanted to speak to residents and visitors about what #brexit issues were on their mind.
It was a busy weekend as our action weekend coincided with the Midsummer Watch Parade so the streets were very busy with residents and visitors. We had our new banners to show off. Say no to No-deal. We have the best deal.
So what was the vibe? Well I have several conversations reported to me. One couple from Ellesmere Port had voted leave but are #RemainerNow. They made the excellent point that 6 years ago nobody was bothered about the EU so why was it suddenly made a problem?
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Watch the former head of the WTO, sat next to Andrea Leadsom back in 2016, perfectly predict our current situation, 3 years down the line. Amazing.

#brexit #BrexitShambles #BorisJohnson #EUelections2019 #RemainSurge #RemainerNow #RevokeArticle50 @mrjamesob #TrumpVisitUK
Potentially the next PM of this country everyone:
Here's a brilliant graphic which visualises the different trade relations the EU has with various countries
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May’s final act as PM must be to revoke Art.50. If there are Brexiter contenders who say they can negotiate a better deal, let them start with a clean slate and prove it. If others want to exit with No Deal, let them win a mandate for it, either from MPs or at a General Election.
What would be profoundly undemocratic and catastrophic to public trust, would be for a completely unelected replacement PM of a minority government to simply push the country into a disorderly No-Deal Brexit, simply by inaction.
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It’s quite unbelievable what appalling candidates are standing in the North West region for the #EUelections2019 .

1st up we have Robinson. Racist, convicted criminal, banned from Facebook and PayPal for his far right toxic propaganda.…
The Brexit Party (UKIP mark II) are presenting Clare Fox, a person of some very dubious opinions ove the years. I think Warrington especially and the rest of our region will have little time for her obnoxious past appeasement of IRA violence.

Info on the UKIP list topper seems thin on the ground but since the leader Batten has displayed his islamaphobic and misogynistic credentials readily several times on TV, his candidates will be pretty much the same…
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3 years ago, a super-rich elite stood up in from to a big red bus and told the masses that a vote for their pet cause was a "vote against the elites".
The masses had been impoverished by the elites for over 35y. They had been severely impoverished for 6 Years.
The masses wanted more money for the NHS and wanted to sock it to the elites.
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Three friends are in a pub. They’ve had two rounds and Nige wants to Leave. He starts telling Dave and Joe: /thread
Nige: “We have to Leave this pub, this chain of pubs is too expensive, and I want to choose my own ale. Also there’s too many foreigners.” /1
Dave: “But Nige we’ve been coming here for 40 years, you helped choose the ales they have, and we get a massive discount at all the chains. Plus the foreigners are working in the pub.” /2
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There is literally nothing new here
Corbyn never promised SM - or a #PeoplesVote. He was always against FoM. His & May's position is identical & he was never interested in what @UKLabour conference thought

Corbyn supporters who insisted otherwise were gullible or gaslighting
This isn't just about #Brexit. This is a party leader who came in on an "empower the members" ticket & has subsequently treated that membership with contempt. He's do whatever he, personally, sees fit

And if you're still a Labour MP or member - you're facilitating this
Meanwhile the front bench in @UKLabour has sunk so low that Long Bailey cannot even answer the question "would you choose #RevokeArticle50 over no deal?"

It's beyond belief that current Corbyn supporters used to attack "Blairites" for "Triangulation"

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Astounding that media STILL reporting that 44% of Brits prefer a #NoDealBrexit when that was the “EXTREME scenario” option! In fact only 26% picked it, as against 37% who want a 2nd Ref & to REMAIN IN THE EU! Even in the extreme scenarios, 42% still preferred to remain! YouGov:
In the letter 25 Labour MPs (including frontbenchers) sent to Jeremy Corbyn urging him to agree a deal with Theresa May - and NOT request a second referendum, they MISINTERPRETED this YouGov poll to justify their position. But now we have a media narrative based on this crap!
If your MP has fallen for this false position, contact them via & send them the results from (thanks @TechForUK) which will show them how many people in their constituency signed the #RevokeArticle50 petition, versus their majority!
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If there's no freedom of movement then "close relationship with the Single Market" was always just Vote Leave style hogwash

Corbyn's Brexit is May's #Brexit

This is why the Labour TIG MPs left, because Corbyn was never going to follow Labour policy

The question for Labour MPs who want the best for the country, who don't want to buy in to Corbyn & May's anti FoM #Brexit
Will you defy the inevitable whip?
Will you do the right thing and leave Labour?

Or will you go along with the stitch up?

It was never about northern seats, there was never a Labour "Jobs first #Brexit plan" and there was never any intention to be led by the members.

May has her personal Brexit she's tried to push through & ironically it's pretty much identical to Corbyn's Brexit
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