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Chris Garratt: the Liberal Democrats are THE remain party and offer moderation in a polarised political situation.
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With the 12 December parliamentary elections in the UK around the corner, we talk to representatives of the main parties in Luxembourg. Here Chris Garratt, the chair of Luxembourg Liberal Democrats, answers our five questions.
Delano: Why should voters choose the Liberal Democrats in the 12 December election?
Chris Garratt: Because we are THE remain party and offer moderation in a polarised political situation.
How important do you think is the issue of Brexit in informing people’s decision to vote?
Brexit affects everything and so is very important, though domestic issues are also critical, the NHS, the police… normal politics has been on hold for almost four years, and it shows.
What do you think of the UK media coverage of the different parties and their leaders? And to what extent could it play a role in the final result?
I am appalled by the pro-Brexit bias of the BBC and most of the popular media. I would like to see legislation to control owner interference in media editorial and better supervision of the BBC.
What is your prediction for the outcome of the election? If your party does not perform as well as expected in the election, do you think Jo Swinson should resign as leader?
Hopefully a hung parliament with a strong remain flavour. No reason to change leader, we need to be team driven and not a personality cult… We have that to excess in Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage!
How do you think the result will affect the lives of British citizens resident in Luxembourg?
I am optimistic that the impact on British citizens in Luxembourg will be minimal. Xavier Bettel and his team are very welcoming and understanding of our situation. This, of course, could change if Boris Johnson and [home secretary] Priti Patel start imposing draconian conditions on the 3 million EU citizens in the UK.