Published On: Mon, Mar 12th, 2018

Brexit news: Sir Vince says Brexit voters want UK where ‘faces were white’ | UK | News

The leader of the Liberal Democrats claimed the older generation were responsible for Britain’s decision to leave the European Union.

Sir Vince then said the decision was “driven by nostalgia” as voters wanted a Britain where “faces were white”.

He said: “I confess that my own initial reaction to the referendum was to think there was little choice but to pursue Brexit. I thought ‘the public have voted to be poorer. That is their right.’

“What changed my mind was the evidence that Brexit had overwhelmingly been the choice of the older generation. 75 percent of under 25s voted to Remain. But 70 percent of over 65s voted for Brexit.

“Too many were driven by a nostalgia for a world where passports were blue, faces were white, and the map was coloured imperial pink.”

Sir Vince was applauded by the crowd in Southport as he continued his anti-Brexit tirade.

He said: “Their votes on one wet day in June, crushing the hopes and aspiration of the young for years to come.

“The excuse for this outrage – a vision of a Global Britain signing lots of new trade deals is a fraud.

“Far from opening our arms to the world, we will be tearing up preferential trade deals we already have with 27 countries in the EU and 74 outside it.

“There is no more eloquent testimony to the government’s folly about trade, that at a time when the world is descending into Trade War, they put more faith in the Warmonger in Washington than they do in our friends and trade partners in Europe.

“It was never a good idea to leave the EU. To leave it now borders on extreme recklessness.”

Later in his speech, Sir Vince claimed the Liberal Democrats needed to make the party more ethnically diverse.

He said: “But to be frank, we have an even bigger challenge to address.

“Looking around the auditorium, we are very, very white. We must prioritise making our party more ethnically diverse.”

Theresa May is hoping to get a post-Brexit transition period signed off at the European Council summit of EU leaders on March 22-23, but tensions over the Irish border issue remain and could hold up an agreement.

Following her landmark Mansion House speech, the President of the European Council dismissed her demands and claimed the UK was heading towards a free trade agreement, similar to that of Canada’s agreement with Brussels.

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