Speaking at a “speed-dating” session at a Human Rights, Amnesty and Cambridge Refugees Hustings in Cambridge on the 17th of May 2017 Liberal Democrat candidate to become Cambridge’s MP Julian Huppert commented on Labour candidate Daniel Zeichner’s support for a referendum on the UK leaving the EU. Huppert said:
Daniel, for reasons I still don’t understand, he was one of twenty Labour MPs who decided to vote with the Tories and UKIP for the referendum to happen, and I just don’t understand why, because it should never have happened, it should never have happened without a big threshold, without a clear question, I could see the problems and a genuinely don’t know, somebody asked him at another hustings and I still don’t understand why you would do something like that. You shouldn’t gamble the country’s future like that.
The big difference though is the party. Labour think, if you look at their manifesto, it is very clear, not staying in the single market, freedom of movement will end, that’s what Labour’s manifesto says. We are very clear that we want to stay in. If I’m elected I will continue to campaign for us to be in the EU, until the day we leave, I’ll then spend a day crying and then I’ll campaign for us to get back in the EU because we are much better off there.