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New Lib Dem leader Cable to push for fresh EU referendum

By Staff Reporter

Sir Vince Cable has become the new leader of the Liberal Democrats with a promise to offer voters the possibility of an "exit from Brexit" through a second referendum on EU membership.

The former Business Secretary took up the role after nominations for the post closed without him facing any challengers.

Aged 74, he is the oldest leader in the party's history.

He said that he aimed to ensure the Lib Dems occupy the "gigantic space in the middle of British politics" left by the two main parties' move to the extremes.

The vacancy for the leadership came after Tim Farron announced he would stand down because he had been unable to reconcile his Christian faith with the demands of leading a "progressive, liberal" party.

A disappointing general election campaign saw the party increase its tally of MPs to just 12.

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