Vince Cable: Labour-Lib Dem pact ‘inconceivable’

Vince Cable: Labour-Lib Dem pact ‘completely inconceivable’

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

The Liberal Democrats leader has said that a coalition between his party and Labour is “completely inconceivable” while Jeremy Corbyn is still leader.

Vince Cable told talkRADIO’s Alastair Stewart: “I think that is completely inconceivable. It is not just their vacillating approach to the European Union but also the economic agenda which is just other-worldly.

“They also have these appalling lapses of antisemitism. There is a whole range of stuff that makes it impossible to consider that kind of tie-up.”

However, the Liberal Democrat leader added that his party was still willing to collaborate with Labour MPs and Conservatives “who are desperate about the state of their party”.

Mr Cable also ruled out a formal coalition with the Conservative Party “if they continue to campaign for Brexit”.

The Liberal Democrat leader said that he believed “there is now a public mood” to stay in the European Union.

“We will campaign to stop Brexit and we have been quite clear and honest about that,” he added.

“I think we draw a great deal of encouragement from these elections.”

In the European elections, which took place over the weekend, the Liberal Democrats won 16 of the 73 seats available with 20 per cent of the vote. 

Mr Cable’s party won the second largest number of seats, following the Brexit Party who gained 29 MEPs.

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