Theresa May trying to create one-party state - Essex Lib Dems

PUBLISHED: 11:54 19 April 2017 | UPDATED: 11:54 19 April 2017

Leader of the Lib Dems, Councillor Alan Dean

Leader of the Lib Dems, Councillor Alan Dean

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Theresa May is trying to create a dictatorship, with parallels to Turkey, according to the leader of the Lib Dem group on Uttlesford District Council, Councillor Alan Dean.

Cllr Dean said: “She is trying to create a one-party state. She has a majority, she hasn’t been stopped by the Commons or the Lords on Brexit. She is using the excuse that there has been opposition in Parliament but that is what Parliament is for. She is wants such a massive majority that she doesn’t have to listen to anyone else. She gives the impression that she is turning into an authoritarian leader willing to trample on any challenge or opposition and that worries me a lot.

“While we will fight this election with vigor, it is an unnecessary election. On the doorstep, there is a significant degree of discontent, people are saying why are we having this election, they have had enough. We had a General Election in 2015, the Referendum last year and we have the council elections on May 4. She may find it isn’t as easy as she thinks and wants. This is an opportunistic attempt at a party-political initiative, rather than for the good of the country.”

Lib Dem town councillor for Saffron Walden said: “We welcome the opportunity to send a message that the government needs to think carefully about Brexit and the implications for this area. We depend a lot on the Single Market and trade with Europe.

“There are people on the right of the Conservative party who want a hard Brexit, which means walking away without any trade deals or agreements on working relationships. This will have an effect on our everyday living and on co-operation on terror and refugees.

“We are the only party offering an alternative. We are unlikely to go back on the referendum result but there is no doubt that people should have a say on the outcome. There should be a proper Parliamentary vote on the agreements or even a further referendum.”

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