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Exiting the European Union

Out come rain or shine!James Flanagan, Lib Dem Parliamentary Spokesman for Canterbury and Whitstable gives his thoughts on the referendum result:

"For us on the remain side, the referendum result is a crushing defeat. It is, of course, a result reached through democratic mandate, which we must respect. But we should be in no doubt that our country has been divided more by this referendum than perhaps any other event in recent history. What happens next should be focussed about how we reunite a country that has been divided by region, by age, by social background. Make no mistake, we may yet be witnessing the beginning of the end of the United Kingdom.

Above all, this referendum has brought into question the way we do politics in our country. We must adopt a new approach that is based on evidence and debate, and one that looks to actively engage people. One thing that became painfully clear in this campaign was the missed opportunity by successive governments of explaining what the EU is, what it does, what it stands for.

Not enough of this has been done either through education or public debate. We must not repeat this mistake when it comes to the long process of renegotiating exit. It's now time for all parties to work together to ensure that the rights and protections that have been guaranteed to us by the EU, which we may often take for granted, are not casually dropped by our own politicians, both current and future."

The Lib Dem's believe that following the referendum EU citizens must be guarunteed the right to stay in the UK. We've called repeatedly on government to ensure that their rights do not form part of any negotiations to leave the EU.

Relevent articles and links:

The Liberal Democrat Plan for Britain in Europe

Canterbury and Coastal Lib Dem's launch petition to save Erasmus scheme

Brexit and Canterbury's Economy