“The benefits of membership of the EU which Britain has enjoyed for the last 43 years include peace, increased trade, investment and jobs, greater security, cultural enrichment, academic and scientific cooperation and stronger environmental protection” – Motion to Liberal Democrat conference, Autumn 2016
Zoe is committed to a united, prosperous Europe and chaired the “Britain in the European Union” debate at the party’s 2016 conference in Brighton, which included speakers such as former party leaders Nick Clegg MP and Ming Campbell.
Liberal Democrats are the only party that has consistently championed Britain’s membership of the European Union, because we believe that Britain’s best chance to succeed is within the EU.
While we respect the outcome of the referendum held in June 2016, we believe that Britain is a more prosperous country when we are part of the world’s largest economy, working in partnership with our closest neighbours and allies to tackle the biggest challenges.
We believe that free trade is a good thing. It creates jobs, increases prosperity and helps pay for things like the NHS, schools and public services.
Our livelihoods are improved because of free trade – including through our membership of the Single Market. That is why we are fighting for Britain at the very minimum to remain a member of the Single Market.
The British people voted for departure but not for a destination, which is why we are also calling for the government to give the British people a vote on the final deal that they negotiate with Europe.
The terms of Brexit will have a huge impact on jobs, security and the opportunity to travel and live abroad, and the Tory Brexit government should therefore be made to put their deal to the British people before it is finalised.
You can find out more about the Liberal Democrat Plan for Britain in Europe here.