This General Election will decide the future direction of our country

April 19, 2017 1:23 PM
By Cllr Ruth Skelton

This General Election will decide the future direction of our country. We are at a crossroads.

The snap General Election on 8th June will be a choice between an inward-looking, "pull up the drawbridge" approach to life or an outlook that says we want to be a positive influence on our neighbours and the world. Tens of thousands of people have joined the Liberal Democrats over the last two years, and the party has now doubled in size. These people want to make sure the UK remains a country where traditional British values of decency, tolerance and fair-play are upheld.

Theresa May has realised how tough it would be to try to push through a hard Brexit with a small parliamentary majority. Many of her own MP's are pro-remain and might want to stick to their 2015 manifesto that states that the UK should stay in the European Single Market. Mrs May wants a mandate for an economically damaging Hard Brexit. And she has let it be known that she thinks no deal is better than a bad deal. She is happy to play fast and loose with your and your family's future. She has even said she would turn the UK into what amounts to a low-wage, low-skill, low-welfare economy to undercut the remaining EU countries.

Jeremy Corbyn and his toxic brand of Labour do not represent what ordinary people want.

The real alternative is the Liberal Democrats. We are not prepared to see our country's economy damaged by a Hard Brexit. The country is already starting to experience the negative effects of the falling value of the pound. Large employers are already making plans to open or enlarge subsidiary companies in other EU countries in order to stay in the Single Market. This will take jobs and exports away from the UK. The number of EU citizens who have left their jobs in the NHS is rising, making staff shortages even worse. Increasing numbers of people are realising that a Hard Brexit is bad news for us all.

As more and more people see that our best future is one where we co-operate with our neighbours, not turn our backs on them, they are turning to the Liberal Democrats. I ask you to join us and fight for an open, tolerant and united Britain.