Tim Farron accuses Theresa May of pursuing ‘aggressive’ Donald Trump agenda
Tim Farron will today accuse Theresa May of promoting an “aggressive, nationalistic” politics akin to that pursued by Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin.
The Liberal Democrat leader will say the Prime Minister is part of the new “world older” of anti-Nato and anti-European politics that is unravelling the post-war “international consensus”.
Addressing the Lib Dems’ spring conference he will stake a claim for his party being the “real opposition” to Mrs May’s plans for a “hard Brexit”.
"The politics of Trump. Of Putin. Of Le Pen. And now the politics of Her Majesty's Government,” he will tell delegates in York today.
"Welcome to the new world order. This is the new normal, the new status quo.
"Aggressive. Nationalistic. Anti-Nato. Anti-EU. It is the post-war internationalist consensus unravelling in real time.
"Winston Churchill's vision for a world that achieves peace through trade, common values and shared endeavour evaporating before our eyes."
Mr Farron will also accuse nationalists of seeking to turn the British flag into a “symbol of division”.
"There are too many on the centre left who are squeamish about patriotism. I'm not. I love my country. I'm proud of my identity," he will say.
"Patriotism isn't about dividing our society. It is about celebrating it. It's about our shared experience, our shared history, our shared destiny.
"There's nothing logical about it. It's emotional. And it's good."