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  • Lib Dem Europe image
    Article: May 21, 2017
    By Lib Dem Local Press Office

    Last June 37% of the UK electorate voted to leave the European Union not the Single Market - thus 63% did not.

    Since then, Eurosceptics, mainly in the Tory Party, have claimed that a majority of 'the people' wanted out. Since becoming Prime Minister, Mrs May - a one-time Remainer - is bent on steering us to a hard Brexit. This would mean no longer being in the Single Market or the Customs Union.

    "It seems no thought has been given to the potentially economically-damaging consequences of such drastic action by those now in charge," comments South Thanet Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate, Jordan Williams. "As yet we have seen no plan or vision for our future as a people and as a nation. Threatening EU negotiators, as Mrs May recently did, can only make a bad situation worse."

    Williams believes that if the UK were to cut economic ties completely, i.e. Hard Brexit, for Thanet alone, situated along the natural border of the Channel, the result could be disastrous.

    As the Financial Times recently stated, "Without full membership of the Single Market and mutual recognition of standards, companies will face border inspections …. In the era of just-in-time delivery and integrated supply chains here, even a day's hold up can cause problems. This is likely to be of more importance than it was historically.

    All these factors, including the added costs for businesses negotiating new trade deals outside the Single Market, collectively add up to an increase in barriers to trade with Europe - at present our biggest and closest trading partner.

    "The other 'benefits' of leaving, claimed by the victorious leavers, are unknown and somewhat mythical at present," Williams adds. "It looks as if Mrs May's Brexit will create a weak and unstable UK."
    "The Liberal Democrats therefore insist that if, or when, a deal is done with the EU, voters must be given a say."

  • LibDem Pint
    Event: May 31, 2017 7:00 PM
    Royal Hotel, Deal

    Come along to our "Lib Dem Pint" social event - next is 31st May at 7 PM in the Royal Hotel, Deal.

    It doesn't matter if you're a Lib Dem member, a member of another party or if you've never really been interested in politics before - you have a voice in a warm, open and tolerant vision for Britain and you are very welcome.

  • Trudy and Rob
    Article: May 18, 2017

    At today's meeting of the Kent County Council Liberal Democrat group, Trudy Dean announced that she was stepping down from her position as Group Leader.

    Trudy said "All leaders want to step down in favour of the safe hands of a talented successor. I have worked very hard to lead and support the Lib Dem Group as a well informed and constructive group at KCC.

  • NHS Logo
    Article: May 16, 2017
    By Lib Dem Local Press Office

    Lib Dems will give £527 pay rise to nurses in Dover and Deal to address staffing shortages

    Liberal Democrats have announced they would end years of pay restraint for nurses, teachers and police in Kent by lifting the 1% cap on public sector pay and increases wages in line with inflation.

    Under Liberal Democrat plans, the 14,863 teachers working in Kent would get an average pay rise of £885 by 2021, while the 3,193 police working for Kent Police would see their pay boosted by £471.

  • Cranes on a building site
    Article: May 15, 2017
    By Lib Dem Local Press Office

    The Liberal Democrats have announced plans to address the housing shortage in Dover and build more affordable homes. There are currently 2,076 families in Dover on a waiting list for council homes.

    In addition, official figures show 624 homes in Dover have been empty for over six months.

    The Liberal Democrats would introduce a legal requirement for smaller housing developments to include affordable homes, make it easier for local authorities and housing associations to borrow money and set up a new government-backed Housing and Infrastructure Development Bank.

  • Lib Dem Save Marines Image
    Article: May 15, 2017
    By Lib Dem Local Press Office

    On the same day that the Liberal Democrats have announced a manifesto commitment to the NATO 2% defence spending target, former party Leader Paddy Ashdown has launched a petition to stop further cuts to the Royal Marines in which he served.

    Lib Dem leader Tim Farron said,

    'In an uncertain and volatile world, it's our Armed Forces that keep us safe and allow us to play our part in creating a more stable international community.


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Next: 31st May 2017