Steve Beasant

Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Great Grimsby and Councillor for the East Marsh Learn more

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Responding to a report in The Independent that some Labour MPs could back Theresa May’s discredited Brexit plan, Liberal Democrat Brexit Spokesperson Tom Brake said:  “A small handful of Labour MPs have ended up in this position precisely because there has been an appalling disregard of leadership, duty and official opposition from Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell. “Brexit […]

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Responding to reports alleging that missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi recorded his killing on an Apple watch, Liberal Democrat Leader Vince Cable said:  “While we must not be quick to judge, the weight of evidence against the Saudi Arabia regime has become too great to ignore.  “I commend the likes of Sir Richard Branson for putting […]

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In an article for the Belfast Telegraph, DUP Leader Arlene Foster has warned Theresa May that she must not accept a “dodgy” Brexit deal.  The article highlights the growing divisions between the DUP and the Conservatives, undermining their confidence and supply agreement. Responding, Liberal Democrat Brexit Spokesperson Tom Brake said:  “Brexit is a Conservative-made mess. “Decades of Tory civil […]

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Eurostar chaos caused by no-deal

by Steve Beasant on 13 October, 2018

Papers released today show a no-deal Brexit could bring chaos to Eurostar, Lib Dem Foreign Affairs spokesperson Christine Jardine has warned. Ms Jardine said: “Eurostar is a great example of European cooperation and engineering prowess. The fact that no-deal could put it out of service is symbolic of the mess the Government have made of Brexit. “My only hope is […]

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Government gamble on electricity is deeply disturbing

by Steve Beasant on 13 October, 2018

Responding to reports that a no-deal Brexit could damage access to electricity in Northern Ireland, former Liberal Democrat Energy Secretary Ed Davey said: “As Secretary of State I saw the electricity market in Ireland working extremely successfully, guaranteeing power to Northern Ireland and having a positive impact on energy prices. “The fact that the Prime […]

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Responding to the release of the ‘no-deal Brexit’ papers Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesperson Tom Brake said: “The Government have parted company with reality: they are seriously proposing that in the event of a no-deal Brexit, they will at that point start running around, trying to replicate all the deals they would have just walked away from. […]

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No deal papers show catastrophic Brexit but Chequers little better: “These papers simply prove what we have known all along: a ‘no deal’ Brexit is catastrophic, wrecking trade, transport links, consumer rights and British-owned businesses in the EU to name but four awful problems. “But we must not let the Conservatives use this as a way of […]

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Tory cartoon cabinet is driving Britain off the cliff

by Steve Beasant on 13 October, 2018

Responding to speculation that the PM will negotiate a temporary customs arrangement with the EU, Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesperson Tom Brake said: “The Government is making a diabolical mess of Brexit. Theresa May now attempting some kind of a temporary customs union is further evidence of a Tory cartoon cabinet, driving Britain off the cliff and hoping […]

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Responding to the news that doctors will be able to prescribe cannabis products to patients from 1 November, former Liberal Democrat Health Minister Norman Lamb said: “These new measures offer very restrictive access to medicinal cannabis which will benefit only a tiny number of people. “The tight restrictions show that the Government continues to be […]

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Responding to the publication of the BDO High Street Sales Tracker which shows the UK high street is suffering the worst year on record, with in-store sales declining 2.7% year on year, Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable said:  “This report highlights two significant problems in our economy. Firstly, taxation is skewed directly against shops, particularly […]

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