Tom Watson and Jo Swinson urge supporters to join forces to block no-deal Brexit

Labour deputy leader Tom Watson and Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson have urged supporters of their two parties to work together to block no-deal Brexit .

The two senior politicians said preventing an “undemocratic” no-deal outcome would require people to work across party lines.

The intervention follows a rountable event  hosted by For our Future's Sake and Our Future Our Choice – two cross-party youth movements which are campaigning for a People's Vote.

But the joint comments may anger Labour hardliners, who still harbour anger for the Lib Dems following their years in coalition with the Conservative party.

Mr Watson said no-deal would do “dreadful damage to the whole country”.

And he branded Boris Johnson ’s reported plan to force a no-deal Brexit by sidelining Parliament and scheduling an election for the weeks after the October deadline “undemocratic tricks.”

He said: “To stop him, everyone who cares about democracy, our country and our future must work together because there are enough of us – from all parties in Parliament – to stop him."

Ms Swinson said: “This is no time for tribalism. That is why I am pleased to be here today with Tom to show that there is a desire across the political spectrum to stop Boris Johnson’s reckless no-deal Brexit plan and instead deliver a brighter future inside the EU.”

Here are their statements in full

Tom Watson MP, Deputy Leader of The Labour Party said:

"We cannot tolerate an undemocratic and disastrous no deal being forced on the country by Boris Johnson. It would do dreadful damage to the whole country, and particularly manufacturing heartlands like mine in West Bromwich."

"It would mean jobs lost, prices soaring, export tariffs hiked. It could mean shortages of food and medical supplies. It would affect the lives and livelihoods of so many people, young and old, terribly."

"During the 2016 referendum Boris Johnson explicitly ruled out no deal. Now he’s using undemocratic tricks to force a no deal Brexit upon us – without the nation’s permission. He definitely does not have permission of young people. Nobody born this century voted for Brexit and you will not forgive or forget if he now forces a Brexit on you that will crush your dreams and shrink your futures."

"To stop him, everyone who cares about democracy, our country and our future must work together because there are enough of us – from all parties in Parliament – to stop him."

“First, that means working together to stop No Deal for which there is no majority in either Parliament or the country. We can’t allow dirty tricks that would for example see the UK crash out of Europe with no deal during an election campaign. Second, it means working together to make sure – whether it’s before an election or afterwards – we solve this Brexit crisis with more democracy, not less democracy, by having a final say referendum so that all the people have their voice heard.”

“Whether you’re Liberal Democrats , social democrats or democratic socialists, we are all democrats. And democrats have got to realise in this crisis that we’re stronger together if we work together.”

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