Former Conservative Environment Minister Owen Paterson is making a speech today in which he urges the Conservative Party to commit to set in motion the process of leaving the EU by invoking article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.
Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder commented:
"Owen Paterson's proposal would be a disaster for investment, jobs and Britain's influence in the world.
"The best way to stand up for Britain is by keeping our place at the negotiating table, not running out of the exit door.
"Liberal Democrats are determined not to let Conservative divisions over the EU and their desperation to ape UKIP derail the economic recovery."