Sir Vince Cable ‘missed key Commons vote to attend meeting on new anti-Brexit party’

Sir Vince Cable missed a crucial vote on Brexit in the Commons this week because he was holding talks on the creation of a new centrist party, it has been claimed.

The Sunday Times reports that the Lib Dem leader was attending a private dinner to discuss the idea of setting up an anti-Brexit party when he missed a vote on the customs bill that passed by just three votes.

An insider told the paper: “Sir Vince recognises that the centre ground has been all but abandoned by the two mainstream parties and was interested in exploring the idea of a new party.

“He is not implacably opposed to the idea but wanted to be reassured it will actually get off the ground.”

First the amendments were doomed to fail. Then Theresa May decided to back them to stop a Brexiteer revolt. Then, finally, Labour decided to vote against them – setting up the last-minute showdown.

In the end the key amendment – making it illegal for Britain to collect customs tariffs on behalf of the EU, unless the EU reciprocates – passed by 305 votes to 302.

That meant if Mr Farron and Sir Vince had turned up, just one more Remainer would have needed to join them for it to be blocked.

Sir Vince was reportedly attending a dinner to discuss the idea of setting up a new anti-Brexit party.

An insider told the Sunday Times: “Sir Vince recognises that the centre ground has been all but abandoned by the two mainstream parties and was interested in exploring the idea of a new party.

“He is not implacably opposed to the idea but wanted to be reassured it will actually get off the ground.”

A Lib Dem source refused to confirm details of the confidential meeting, or who attended it.

But Sir Vince has been discussing a “realignment” in British politics since his speech to Lib Dem Spring Conference in March.

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Source : https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/vince-cable-missed-key-brexit-12961154
Source : https://www.politicshome.com/news/uk/political-parties/liberal-democrats/vince-cable/news/97045/sir-vince-cable-%E2%80%98missed-key

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