Liberal Democrat leader, Vince Cable, revealed that the party is targeting around one million EU citizens for support in May’s local elections.
The Lib Dems have tailored social media adverts in 21 European languages. The adverts are fronted by MEPs from those countries and they encourage EU citizens to register and vote Lib Dem in May.
Vince Cable has also written to Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn asking that they back John Major’s call for a free vote for their MPs on the final Brexit deal secured by the Conservatives.
Lib Dem leader, Vince Cable, said:
“The local elections represent a huge opportunity for EU migrants, who contribute so much to our economy and society, to make their voices heard. We are reaching out to them to vote Lib Dem and help us support their rights and ultimately secure an exit from Brexit. Their support could make a vital difference in close council seats.”
Lib Dem Brexit Spokesperson Tom Brake said:
“The Lib Dems are the only major national party that has campaigned for an exit from Brexit and the one that has led on rights for both EU migrants in the UK and Brits living in the EU in the wake of Brexit.
“We want EU migrants to help us fight the hard Brexit pursued by the Conservatives – and backed by Labour – at the forthcoming council elections. There is still the opportunity of an exit from Brexit.”
Notes to editors:
In his letter on a free vote to Theresa May, Vince Cable said:
“A free vote of MPs – a position that should be agreed by all parties – on the strengths and weaknesses of the agreement you reach with EU negotiators means that MPs can vote with their consciences on the biggest issue facing the country in a generation. No-one should be whipped on such an era-defining issue.”