The Liberal Democrats gathered in York for their annual Spring Conference on 15-17 March as the party took stock of the current Brexit situation and held some key votes including to establish a new supporters’ scheme.
The key topics under discussion included building a pathway for the future by bringing about an “Exit from Brexit”, ending unpaid internships and introducing a Clean Air Act.
Following a minute's silence to commemorate Paddy Ashdown who lost his battle to cancer earlier this year, Vince Cable in what is likely to be his last Conference speech as leader having announced he will step down in the summer to emphasise our party's commitment to Europe, and highlighted the determination to send the party "from protest to back in power".
“We are turning our backs on the most successful peace project in European history. A project which brought democracy to Southern European military dictatorships and then to the former communist countries of the East.”
“That is why Europe is worth fighting for. That is why we will continue to fight to Remain,” he continued. “Whatever happens in the next few weeks of parliamentary twists and turns, we must argue that none of the many, mutually exclusive versions of Brexit now on offer – soft or hard – are as good as the deal we currently have.”
“I am proud of the role our party has played, unapologetically leading the case for Remaining for an Exit from Brexit through securing and then winning a People’s Vote. Against all the odds, our cause is very much alive.”
The full speech of Vince Cable is available here.