The Liberal Democrats have challenged Theresa May to meet seven new tests in her speech on Brexit in Florence on Friday, including dropping her insistence that no deal is better than a bad deal.

Other demands include clamping down on dissent in the Cabinet by sacking Boris Johnson, ring-fencing negotiations on the rights of EU nationals and UK citizens abroad, and legislating for a referendum on the final Brexit deal before the UK leaves the EU.

Liberal Democrat Brexit Spokesperson Tom Brake commented:

“A no deal outcome would have devastating consequences for the UK economy.

“Theresa May must use this speech to drop her reckless insistence that no deal is better than a bad deal.

“This a chance for the Prime Minister to show she’s listened to the message sent by voters at the election and to seek a Brexit deal that has majority support in the country.

“That should include staying in the single market, separating the issue of EU nationals’ rights so they are not used as bargaining chips, and giving the public a vote on the final deal.”

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