The decision whether to stand is apparently taken at local level. Exeter Lib Dems have agreedtheu will stand down in favour of the Green candidate.
East Devon Lib Dem candidate Eleanor Rylance has presumably refused to stand down for the strongest candidate in East Devon – Claire Wright. Far, far more likely to win than the Green in Exeter – she gained 35% of the vote in 2017.
If splitting the Remain vote leads to a Tory victory – your local Lib Dem group will be to blame.
In East Devon, if you vote Lib Dem you stand a good chance of getting a Tory.
Exeter story here: