EU Liberals Deny Lib Dem Claim Eight Prime Ministers Back Second Referendum
Vince Cable’s claim that eight liberal EU prime ministers have backed the Lib Dem call for another referendum has been denied – by the EU’s liberal group.
But the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) later said this was not true and “no statement has been agreed”.
The ALDE is the grouping of liberal parties in the European Parliament.
The party said the leaders had agreed to a joint statement following a working lunch in Brussels which read:
“We regret Brexit, but acknowledge the choice made by British voters for the UK Government to negotiate withdrawal.
“We further acknowledge and support the Liberal Democrats’ call for the British people to have the final say on the Brexit deal.
“All parties need to seek a broad deal accommodating both the position of the UK government and the principles on which the European Union is built.”
The eight prime ministers said to have agreed to the statement are: Andrej Babiš, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, Xavier Bettel, Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Miro Cerar, Prime Minister of Slovenia, Charles Michel, Prime Minister of Belgium, Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Prime Minister of Denmark, Jüri Ratas, Prime Minister of Estonia, Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands
and Juha Sipilä, Prime Minister of Finland.