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Liberal Democrats pledge to hold second referendum on EU membership

Tim Farron makes a campaign address.
Tim Farron makes a campaign address.

The Liberal Democrats have pledged to hold a second referendum on EU membership in their election manifesto.

The party has promised to give the British people a “final say” on its membership of the European Union as it gears up for the 2017 general election.

The Lib Dems say they will give Britain the option to “reject” Brexit if the deal offered by the EU is not up to scratch.

The Lib Dems have also vowed to legalise cannabis, a move they say would generate £1billion in revenue to the country.

The manifesto also adds the party would not scrap tuition fees, insisting the NHS is a bigger spending priority.

Speaking ahead of their manifesto launch later today, party leader Tim Farron said: “Imagine a brighter future. You don’t have to accept Theresa May and Nigel Farage’s extreme version of Brexit that will wreck the future for you, your family, your schools and hospitals. In the biggest fight for the future of our country in a generation, Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour has let you down by voting with Theresa May on Brexit – not against her.

“The Liberal Democrats want you to have your choice over your future. You should have your say on the Brexit deal in a referendum. And if you don’t like the deal you should be able to reject it and choose to remain in Europe.

“We want to give all our children a brighter future in a fairer Britain where people are decent to each other, with good schools and hospitals, a clean environment and an innovative economy. Not Theresa May’s cold, mean-spirited Britain.

“This election is about your choice over your future. A vote for the Liberal Democrats can change Britain’s future.”

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