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Unite to Remain

November 7, 2019 2:03 PM

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As you will know, our Party has long been recognised as the UK's lead Party of Remain.

Recently we have been working with the independent "Unite to Remain" campaign to maximise the number of Remain MPs elected in this snap General Election.

Unite to Remain is made up of the 3 parties committed unequivocally to the cause of Remain: The Liberal Democrats, Plaid Cymru and the Greens. It's really disappointing that Labour would not step up too, but they are simply not a Party of Remain.

We have collectively reached a set of agreements to further the Remain cause and are announcing the details today.

In short, 60 constituencies in England and Wales are involved. Plaid and/or Greens will stand down in our favour in 43 seats, and we will stand down for them in 17. The full details can be found on our website here: libdems.org.uk/unite-to-remain.

This a bold move by all concerned for the cause of Remain, and the choices involved have been hard ones. No decisions have been taken lightly, and we owe a debt of gratitude to the candidates and local parties who have taken the principled and generous decisions to step aside at this election.

In East Anglia we have agreed to stand aside and support the Green Party in Bury St Edmunds whilst the Green Party will support the Liberal Democrats in Cambridgeshire South, Chelmsford, Cambridgeshire South East and North Norfolk

Heidi Allen the South Cambridgeshire MP who left the Conservatives and joined the Liberal Democrats and was a founder member of "Unite to Remain" has recorded a great video which gives more detail about the thinking behind the agreement. It can be viewed here : https://www.facebook.com/libdems/videos/1270251576514710/

Brexit is a crisis for our country, and extraordinary times need extraordinary measures. This set of agreements gives us the best chance of maximising our number of MPs and of electing other Remain voices in the next Parliament.

Speaking after the details were announced, Jo Swinson said:

"I am delighted that this arrangement will help elect more pro-remain MPs in the next Parliament.
In the 43 seats agreed today, as well as hundreds more across the country, it is clear that the Liberal Democrats are the strongest party of Remain.
A vote for the Liberal Democrats is a vote to stop Brexit, so that we can invest the £50bn Remain bonuses in our public services and build a brighter future".

Together we can stop Brexit.