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Lib Dems fear promise to reverse Brexit has backfired


With a clear pledge to stop Brexit, the pro-European Liberal Democrats entered the general election campaign offering Britain’s Remainers a glimmer of hope. But Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson’s hopes of taking the UK’s third-largest party to an unlikely victory appear to have been dashed, squeezed between Boris Johnson’s Conservatives and Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour. Professor Tim Bale said to the Financial Times: “We shouldn’t forget that, more often than not, the remorseless logic of first-past-the-post will see the UK’s third party ground between the Tory and Labour millstones — unless of course, as in 2010, its leader is given equal and therefore game-changing access to a three-way leader’s debate.”
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