Jo Swinson shocked viewers when she was finally forced to admit that her party’s plan to revoke Article 50 and overturn Brexit had been dropped. The Liberal Democrat leader revealed the shocking u-turn in her tense interview with BBC’s Andrew Neil. Ms Swinson had originally launched her election campaign with a vow to become the UK’s next Prime Minister, but things quickly spiralled when her popularity plummeted.
The Lib Dem told Mr Neil that her party will now campaign for a “final say on the specific Brexit deal”.
The BBC host said: “The central pitch that you launched this campaign on that you would reverse Brexit without a second referendum, that falls away because that needed a Lib Dem majority government.”
Ms Swinson replied: “We’ve set out very clearly that we want to stop Brexit, and every scenario, how we’ll try to do that.
“Obviously we will keep campaigning for a People’s Vote. There’s eight days to go but it looks like that’s the more likely scenario.”
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She added: “We’ve always said we wanted to do it through a democratic means, whether through an election or a People’s Vote on a specific Brexit deal. The Liberal Democrats have led that campaign, we came out immediately after the 2016 referendum and said we thought a specific Brexit deal should be put to the public for a final say.”
Mr Neil suggested Ms Swinson’s campaign strategy was the “height of folly” and questioned why “the more voters get to know you the less they like you?”
She replied: “Well, I don’t know the answer to that question.”
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