The party, which said it would scrap the Brexit referendum decision if its then leader Jo Swinson became prime minister, has been seeking a way to reconcile its pro-European stance with Brexit.
A frontbench motion on Europe at the party’s online-only annual conference this weekend focused mainly on fighting a no-deal Brexit.
It also condemned the internal markets bill proposed by Boris Johnson’s government, which includes a pledge to breach international law in redrawing the Brexit departure deal.
The motion at first said weakly that the party would “keep all options open for the UK’s future relationship with the EU, including membership at an appropriate future date”.
But pressure from members, including some of party’s 11 MPs, believed this was too watered down. It was changed to read more like Gordon Brown’s ever changing five tests for joining the Euro. In other words it’ll never happen.
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