Over the past year, there has been substantial coverage of the Labour Party's contradictory positions over Brexit, but it appears Labour's leadership are not the only ones changing their minds on this important issue. The current Liberal Democrat Leader, Sir Vince Cable, has also changed his thoughts on the UK's upcoming exit from the #European Union (#EU) numerous times.

"Sir Vince was an outspoken critic of the free movement of people"

Prior to becoming Liberal Democrat Leader for the second time in his political career, Sir Vince was an outspoken critic of the free movement of people, one of the four founding freedoms of the EU's Single Market and a driving factor behind last year's Brexit vote.

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Often praised for his sensible attitude towards certain policy issues having gained credibility for predicting the 2008 Recession, the Twickenham MP became one of the few voices in the Liberal Democrats to acknowledge the reasons why fifty-two per cent of the electorate opted to leave the trading bloc last year. Unlike Nick Clegg and Tim Farron, he recognised future governments cannot ignore voters' concerns over immigration.

Yet since his election as Liberal Democrat Leader, his views have shifted. During this year's general election, he campaigned on his party's platform to reverse #Brexit through a second referendum on the final deal and to retain Britain's membership of the Single Market and Customs Union. He positioned his party on the side of the fourty-eight per cent of people who opted to remain in the EU, who are not arch-federalists like many Remoaners seem to believe they are.

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"Sir Vince has become more critical of Brussels because his gamble to thwart Brexit failed"

Perhaps Sir Vince has become more critical of Brussels because his gamble to thwart Brexit failed this year, but his opinions on leaving the EU have changed again. He still believes the British public should have the final say over any trade agreement via a second referendum, but he surprised many LBC viewers yesterday by agreeing with Nigel Farage that Jean-Claude Juncker is taking Europe in the wrong direction. It beggars belief why the Liberal Democrats want the UK to remain in the trading bloc if federalism is a red line for them. Martin Schulz's proposal for a federal Europe should be alarm bells for everyone.

Whilst Labour continue to argue over Brexit, watch out, as Sir Vince continues to change his mind too.