Marking the third anniversary of the 2016 EU referendum, Scottish Liberal Democrat MEP Sheila Ritchie has said that the Brexit process has done “great damage” to Britain’s reputation and needs brought to a “swift conclusion” with a people’s vote.
Sheila Ritchie is calling for people to unite behind a new agenda, aimed at establishing Britain as a leader in Europe rather than a leaver.
She has dismissed claims by rival candidates for the Conservative leadership that they can deliver Brexit in October, arguing that a ‘No Deal’ option would cause great damage and doesn’t have the backing of the public or parliament.
Sheila Ritchie said:
“Brexit is a humiliating soap opera that has done great damage to Britain’s reputation across the world.
“A new Conservative leader may seek to renegotiate with Brussels, but the end will be the same. After three years the whole process is dying on its feet, with even its supporters no longer able to point to any potential benefits. Brexit needs to be brought to a swift conclusion with a people’s vote.
“A strong country should not be running away from the problems that face our continent. Britain should be at the centre of every debate, helping to shape the agenda.
“People who are proud of our country, who have confidence in its ability, should want Britain to work with others to make a difference for the better.
“It’s time to change our thinking. It’s time to set out to make our country a leader in Europe, not a leaver.”