Early election: Lib Dem leader Tim Farron pitches himself as man to stop hard Brexit

Theresa May general election 'is chance to change UK direction', says Lib Dem leader Tim Farron

The Lib Dem leader responded to Theresa May's call for a general election on the party's website

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Tim Farron has said the general election represents a chance to "change the direction" of the UK as he pitched himself as the man to stop the so-called 'hard Brexit.'

Farron issued a statement in response to Theresa May's speech outside 10 Downing Street, where she announced she would lobby the House of Commons to overturn the Fixed-Term Parliament Act. 

The Prime Minister announced she intended for the vote to be held on June 8. 

In responding to this, the Liberal Democrat leader told the party's website: "This election is your chance to change the direction of our country.

“If you want to avoid a disastrous hard Brexit, to keep Britain in the Single Market, a Britain which is open, tolerant and united, this is your chance.

"Only the Liberal Democrats can prevent a Conservative majority.”

The Prime Minister will need a majority of two-thirds of the House of Commons to hold the election once the vote reaches the floor.