Lib Dem leader, buoyed by recent local election results, takes the fight to the Brexiters
'Vince Cable has staked the Liberal Democrats’ claim to be the leading remain party in the European elections, as he unveiled a forthright new slogan for the campaign: “Bollocks to Brexit.”
The phrase, previously plastered on stickers and T-shirts by ardent remain supporters, is now emblazoned across the Lib Dem manifesto for the 23 May poll – though more squeamish candidates will have the option of one that just says “Stop Brexit”.
Buoyed by strong results in last week’s local council elections, and unencumbered by the nuance of Labour’s position, Cable insisted the Lib Dems were the best-equipped party to challenge the message of Nigel Farage at the poll later this month.
“We are clearly the best organised, we have been leading the People’s Vote argument for three years and we’ve been the pro-Europe party for 50 years. We are credible and people recognise our unwavering clarity and commitment.
“We are taking it very seriously, we have a high-pressure social media campaign where we are doing more than Farage’s people,” he said, adding, “we are out of the traps early, and expect to do well. But it is a very unpredictable scenario.”
Cable said he regretted the fact that the Lib Dems were not able to fight a “common campaign” with Change UK, the new party formed of breakaway Labour and Tory MPs.
He said he expected the Lib Dems to beat the party in the elections, though stressed he would not expending energy attacking any other remain party. “I would be very surprised if they made a big breakthrough, but they might,” he said.'
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