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Welcome to Liberal Democrat European Group

LDEG is a forum for Lib Dem Members to discuss European issues.

We provide campaign support for members, and promote the case for Britain's EU Membership.

LDEG membership is open to all members of the Liberal Democrat Party and of its European allies.



  • Thomas Cole
    Article: Jul 25, 2016
    By Thomas Cole

    Whilst the UK population took the decision on 23 June to vote to leave the EU, there are still countries which are looking to join the bloc. The UK had been a champion of EU enlargement, looking to extend the single market and also to widen the EU's membership. In spite of the UK referendum decision, EU enlargement will continue for the time being, although 'enlargement fatigue' within the EU will need to contended with, where the rise of populist parties has made enlargement, and subsequent immigration from newer to older member states, a less popular policy for EU governments to pursue.

  • Dr Alan Bullion
    Article: Jul 22, 2016
    By Alan Bullion

    This should be combined with a commitment to quality trade deals, even if these take a bit longer than 'quick and dirty' agreements, experienced hands from Australia and New Zealand advised today (July 18) at a Policy Exchange event in London.

    "The more I look at the post-Brexit outlook for the UK on trade deals under the World Trade Organisation, the more complicated it becomes," said Dr Geoff Raby, former Australian ambassador to China and the WTO.

  • Article: Jul 21, 2016

    Coming to the Liberal Democrat conference? If so join us at our fringe meeting. Scheduled for Saturday 17 September 2016 from 8.15pm until 9.30pm in the Sandringham Room, Hilton Metropole, Brighton.

    How is the International Community reacting to the UK electorate's decision to leave the European Union (EU)? How will the Article 50 process and recasting our trade relations with EU members evolve? How will Brexit affect the UK's political and security relations with neighbours, in particular Ireland? What are the implications for the UK's economy and inward investment?

  • Westminster plus Bus
    Article: Jul 16, 2016
    By Philip Goldenberg

    Article 50 starts by saying: "Any Member State may decide to withdraw from the Union in accordance with its own constitutional requirements."

    What does this mean in the UK?

    There are three views: that the prerogative power suffices; that Parliamentary consent is needed; that an Act of Parliament is needed.