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  • Article: Dec 7, 2017

    The government has carried out impact assessments on policies ranging from songs from ice cream trucks to drain standards to the use of parody in comedy yet still hasn't produced any on Brexit, Liberal Democrat research has revealed.

    This is quite literally beyond parody.

    These revelations come after David Davis yesterday admitted that the 58 Brexit impact assessments he claimed his department was working never existed.

    It's standard procedure to produce an impact assessment when bringing in new policies, on everything from comedy to sewers.

    Yet the government haven't bothered to produce one for Brexit, an issue that will affect the future of this country for generations to come.

    You couldn't make it up.

    The staggering incompetence ministers are showing over Brexit shows why we must give people the choice to reject the final deal and stay in the EU.

  • David Davis (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Dec 6, 2017

    After David Davis has been accused of misleading parliament, he must resign.

    David Davis needs to go. He has mislead parliament and under his leadership the Brexit department has turned incompetence into an art form.

    I am not one to call for ministerial resignations every two minutes and I've nothing against David Davis as a person but it is now clear he deceived MP. He is also writing the government's Brexit strategy on the back of a fag packet.

  • Lib Dems Winning in by-elections November 2017
    Article: Dec 1, 2017

    The sweep of four victories on 30 November means that the Liberal Democrats have gained seven council seats in November.

    The Liberal Democrats won all four of the council by-elections that were held last night, gaining seats from the Conservatives, Labour and UKIP.

    The sweep of victories means that the Liberal Democrats have gained seven council seats in November, significantly more than any other party.

  • Article: Nov 29, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats put into the public domain letters Abbott wrote to constituents announcing that she supports a referendum.

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    Diane Abbott's letter stated "I will argue for the right of the electorate to vote on any deal that is finally agreed"

    But when contacted by journalists, Labour's Shadow Home Secretary then claimed that her letter had been "poorly worded". However, anti-Brexit Labour MPs congratulated Abbott on her letter attacking Brexit.

  • Article: Nov 29, 2017

    The Government has released a new rail strategy.

    Vince Cable, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, said:

    "Investment is to be welcomed at a time when the railways are struggling to cope with their greatest passenger numbers in nearly a century, but there is scant detail on the financial figures.

    "This government has continually let down passengers, be it the electrification plans that vanished, poor and inconsistent services, or high fares.

  • Article: Nov 29, 2017

    The Brexit divorce bill will just be the down-payment on an economically disastrous extreme Brexit that would take us out of the single market and customs union.

    Around £45 billion would appear to be the price Johnson and Gove et al are willing to pay for a deluded vision of an imperial Britain post-Brexit.

  • Article: Nov 29, 2017

    President Trump has retweeted three anti-Muslim videos originally posted by the deputy leader of far-right group Britain First.

    The mask has yet again slipped, revealing the atrocious views of President Trump.

    It is incredibly dangerous for someone in his position of responsibility to sow such division and hatred at every turn.

    Trump needs to do the world a favour and delete his account.

  • Article: Nov 29, 2017

    A report by the Public Accounts Committee has criticised NHS England for its handling of the huge loss of clinical correspondence that put thousands of patients at risk.

    The report finds NHS England has not done enough to check that all of the estimated 100,000 patients affected were not harmed.

    It also criticises the Department for Health's lack of oversight of NHS Shared Business Services, the private company responsible for mislaying the documents.

  • Article: Nov 28, 2017

    Britain is in a "spiral of ever-growing division" with a stark postcode lottery in social mobility, according to a damning report by the Social Mobility Commission today.

    The report uncovers a striking geographical divide with London and its surrounding areas pulling away from the rest of the country, while many other parts of the country are being left behind.

    This report talks of the UK 'being in the grip of a self-reinforcing spiral of ever growing division.'

    The government urgently needs to improve social mobility for young people in rural areas, coastal towns and former industrial heartlands.

    Ministers must reverse welfare cuts that are set to push millions more families into poverty, and boost school funding for disadvantaged children through the pupil premium.

    Reducing regional inequality is crucial if we are to address the underlying alienation that led to the Brexit vote, and build a stronger economy.

  • Article: Nov 28, 2017

    The government's refusal to publish its Brexit impact assessments is "completely untenable". Speaker John Bercow said he will respond promptly to any allegations of contempt of Parliament.

    This whole farce has descended into a scene straight out of Yes Minister.

    After David Davis repeatedly stated there were 57 detailed impact assessments, ministers now claim these reports never even existed in this form.

    Editing these reports is a breach of the agreement reached with MPs, meaning action over contempt of Parliament now looms.

    If the government really believes in its own Brexit plans, why are they so scared of publishing these reports in full?

    The public deserve to know what Brexit means for their jobs, incomes and communities. They must then be offered a vote on the deal with a chance to exit from Brexit.

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