Wednesday, 31 August 2016

We must not let racists hijack the referendum result

Earlier today, I gave a speech at the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) in Manchester Liberal Democrat.

Since the referendum, I have been absolutely horrified to see the forces of racism, intolerance and hate claim the EU referendum result as their own - and to see them use it as an excuse for violent abuse.

People have been let down for decades by short-termist politicians who put the needs of one part of society above the rest.

Now, in the wake of the Brexit vote those divisions are more exposed than ever before.

With our country facing huge challenges, from inequality and injustice to an NHS in crisis and an economy in jeopardy, we are left with a reckless, divisive and uncaring Conservative Government and Labour fighting among themselves with no plan for the economy or the country.

That’s why the Liberal Democrats are needed more than ever.

We are the real voice of opposition to the Conservative Brexit Government and the only party fighting to keep Britain open, tolerant and united.

I've been distraught to see how the referendum has left a country bitterly divided by the result. On the divisions in our country, here's what I had to say:

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