Responding to Boris Johnson shutting down parliament, Liberal Democrat Leader Jo Swinson said:
"The Liberal Democrats, along with other opposition parties, voted against the Prime Minister’s election this evening. We will not allow him to use an election to sneak through a dangerous No Deal Brexit, for which he has no mandate.
"We relish the chance to take on Boris Johnson in an election, but only once Article 50 has been extended. And thanks to cross-party legislation, the Prime Minister must request an extension to Article 50 rather than crash us out without a deal on the 31st October.
"As Boris Johnson can’t seem to win a vote in Parliament, he has decided to silence us until 14th October. But we will not be silenced. The Liberal Democrats will continue to vociferously and vigorously campaign for a People’s Vote, and to stop Brexit altogether.”