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London (dpa) - A general election on June 8 will offer British voters the chance to avoid a damaging "hard Brexit" outside the EU single market, the opposition Liberal Democrat party said.

"This election is your chance to change the direction of our country," Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said in a statement to voters.

"If you want to avoid a disastrous hard Brexit. If you want to keep Britain in the single market. If you want a Britain that is open, tolerant and united, this is your chance," Farron said.

"Only the Liberal Democrats can prevent a Conservative majority," he said.