The Liberal Democrats are to target pro-EU Labour supporters and “soft Tories” who backed remain, in a final canvassing blitz ahead of Thursday’s Richmond byelection, amid growing confidence in their camp that they are within striking distance of winning the seat.
Only a third of UK voters support Brexit unconditionally, according to a poll that suggests a widespread wish for the government to share the terms of the UK’s departure from Europe before it embarks on the process.
The Liberal Democrat leader, Tim Farron, has said the party would vote against article 50 unless the British people were given a referendum on the final Brexit deal.
Theresa May has congratulated Donald Trump on his US presidential election victory, as the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, and his Lib Dem counterpart, Tim Farron, expressed deep unease at the result.
Liam Fox has used a speech to the World Trade Organisation to portray post-Brexit Britain as a “proud and outward-looking trading nation” that would battle for liberalised commerce outside the EU.
Tim Farron will tell the Liberal Democrat conference that the party would rebrand the NHS to include a fully taxpayer-funded care service, warning that governments must be honest about raising taxes to ease the healthcare crisis.
The Tories could be in power for a quarter of a century without viable opposition, the Liberal Democrat leader, Tim Farron, has said. But he stopped short of saying the party would not field candidates in some seats to allow other non-Conservatives a “free run”.