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Barbara Gibson's speech at the Harpenden Hustings

May 15, 2019 12:53 PM
Originally published by East of England Liberal Democrats

Barbara Gibson, Eastern region candidate, Welwyn Hatfield PPCOur lead candidate in the East of England Region (which includes Essex) Cllr Dr Barbara Gibson gave the following speech at the Euro Election Harpenden Hustings event on 14th May.

"Every vote for the Liberal Democrats is a vote to stop Brexit and stay in the European Union.

We passionately believe that Britain is stronger as part of the European Union and we have led the fight to give the people the final say on Brexit.

The Liberal Democrats'

vision for Britain is a country that is at the heart of a dynamic European Union. A country where everyone can afford somewhere to live, in a safe, clean and friendly neighbourhood. A country where high-quality health and social care, good-quality childcare, lifelong education, reliable transport and clean air are all part of a contract between government and citizens. A country with a new politics - taking on entrenched power and privilege and delivering a fair deal for everyone.

The importance of the United Kingdom's membership of the European Union has never been clearer. Brexit puts so much at risk - the NHS, our public services, jobs across the country, peace in Northern Ireland, the unity of the UK and our global reputation as a country that is confident and outward-facing.

It doesn't have to be this way. We can stop Brexit through a People's Vote. We can stay as a leading force in the European Union, shaping its future with our MEPs sitting at the decision table.

We can focus on building a country where everyone has the opportunity to get on in life. Instead of letting Brexit consume the next decade, let's focus on tackling climate change, building the best health and education systems in the world and tackling the inequalities that limit life chances for so many people.

By working together, it is possible to build a brighter future for everyone and create a fair, free and open society: a united country in a united Europe.

Join us to make that future a reality."