Today, Liberal Democrat MEPs have met with Michel Barnier, the EU Commission’s chief negotiator for Brexit. In the meeting it was agreed that Michel Barnier will hold talks with the new Liberal Democrat leader over the summer.
Following the meeting, the leader of Liberal Democrats in the European Parliament, Catherine Bearder MEP said:
"Following the huge victory at the EU elections, it is now clear the Liberal Democrats are in the driving seat in Brussels. The next Liberal Democrat leader will be working with Macron and our other allies across the continent over the next few months.
"The Liberal Democrats are now the largest pro – European UK Party in Europe and this gives us a huge advantage in our efforts to stop Brexit.
"To secure a People’s Vote, we will need to ensure our European counterparts can agree to an extension in order for this to take place. We have already had assurances this morning from the new President of the Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, that an extension past October 31st is possible.
"We do not have to accept Boris Johnson’s do or die plans. Brexit can be stopped. The Liberal Democrats will continue working across Europe in the fight to secure a People’s Vote, with the option to stay in the EU."