Lib Dems pledge to take Britain back into Europe
Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has pledged to fight the next General Election on a platform taking Britain back into Europe.
Since Britain voted for Brexit on Thursday thousands of people have joined the Liberal Democrats.
Tim Farron has now said that in any upcoming national election he will promise to rejoin the European Union.
The economic uncertainty will affect jobs, people's homes and livelihoods.
The Liberal Democrats accept the result of the referendum but plan to make the case for us to rejoin the heart of Europe.
Tim Farron said:
"For many millions of people, this was not just a vote about Europe. It was a howl of anger at politicians and institutions who they felt they were out of touch and had let them down.
"The British people deserve the chance not to be stuck with the appalling consequences of a Leave campaign that stoked that anger with the lies of Farage, Johnson and Gove.
"The Liberal Democrats will fight the next election on a clear promise to restore British prosperity and role in the world, with the UK in the European Union, not out.
"If you agree with us, join us to make this happen."
Our fight for an open, optimistic, hopeful, diverse and tolerant Britain is needed now more than ever.
People have been joining the Liberal Democrats at the rate of one a minute since Britain voted to leave the European Union.
There has been a surge in applications since Tim Farron, the party’s leader, committed it to fighting the next election on a promise to rejoin the EU.
The party said it had attracted over 8,000 new recruits since the the pro-Brexit vote was announced on Friday morning.
Mr Farron said: “A lot of people have felt this very deeply. They are concerned that the Brexit leaders clearly had no economic plan and are understandably fearful about what lies ahead for jobs and investment.
“But more even than that, these new members want to demonstrate that Britain remains an internationalist, open and optimistic country.
“We are now the only party committed to keeping our place in Europe. As the other two parties leave the field of battle, it falls to us to fight for our European future.”
The spike in membership comes on top of an increase of 20,000 after the 2015 general election.