My Twitter and Facebook timelines are full of people heading to march for Europe today. Tim Farron and Nick Clegg are speaking at the march in London. Tim Farron is on second and the Cleggster is on last. Alex Cole-Hamilton is speaking for us, as he has done so movingly on so many occasions, in Edinburgh.
It’s such a poignant, emotional day. It’s 60 years since the Treaty of Rome was signed. It’s the Diamond Jubilee of a real diamond of international co-operation and collaboration and partnership. In just four days, Theresa May will set in train the process of us leaving it. That absolutely breaks my heart. And, in time, it will cause real hardship for everyone in this country, but most of all, the poorest, who mainly voted Leave.
In London, Lib Dems will be meeting at 10 am at Marble Arch. In Edinburgh, meet at Waterloo Place at 1pm.
Tim Farron will touch on the tragic events of Wednesday before going on to talk about Brexit.
“The unspeakable outrage that happened in this city on Wednesday will not defeat us, or silence us or divide us. Democracy continues, free speech continues, our way of life continues. Terrorism will not win.”
He will then move onto Brexit and will say:
“We respectfully say that Parliament is not enacting the will of the people, it is interpreting the will of the people.
“Theresa May could have chosen a consensual Brexit… she’s chosen the most extreme version… divided the country.
“Departure not destination. The choice is who should decide the final deal. Should it be politicians or the people? The Liberal Democrats say the people.
“We can turn the tide of populism and we can change the direction of our nation – liberals and progressives can and will win again.
“I am not prepared to accept that our country is inevitably to become meaner, smaller, poorer. If you believe in democracy then you accept defeat with good grace… and you keep on campaigning for a better Britain.
“Our job is to win hearts and minds over these coming months, to win support for a referendum on the deal, to change the direction of the debate and to change the direction of our country.
“If you love your country, then you do not meekly sit by while it turns a dangerous corner. Instead you keep fighting, you keep believing.
“With the triggering of Article 50 this week, some will despair, this week of all weeks they will despair. We are here to say defiantly, we are up to here with despair, the future is yet to be written, we stand together to say that we are determined to write it.”
* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings