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Welcome to LDEG

The Liberal Democrat European Group (LDEG) is an Associate Organisation (AO) of the Liberal Democrats providing a forum for discussion and understanding of European issues.

We also provide campaigning support for members and promote within the party the case for Britain's continued EU Membership.

Membership of LDEG is open to all members of the Liberal Democrat Party and of allied European political parties.

  • Nick Hopkinson
    Article: May 16, 2016
    By Nick Hopkinson in Lib Dem Voice

    In the past couple of months, I have given some 30 talks and debates at schools, universities and community groups in Greater London and the South East making the case for remaining in the EU. With little over a month remaining before the referendum, an event which could profoundly change our country for the worse, now might be a good time to brainstorm with fellow campaigners on how we might best proceed.

  • London School of Economics (https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=File:LSE-mosa.jpg&oldid=92497745)
    Article: May 12, 2016

    In a report published yesterday the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics analyses the impact of migration on wages and job propects for UK nationals. It flatly contradicts Iain Duncan Smith's claim that migration drives down wages. Key findings of the report include:

    • That EU immigrants are more educated, younger, more likely to be in work and less likely to claim benefits than the UK-born.
    • That areas of the UK with large increases in EU immigration did not suffer greater falls in the jobs and pay of UK-born workers
    • That there is little effect of EU immigration on inequality through reducing the pay and jobs of less skilled UK workers.
    • EU immigrants pay more in taxes than they take out in welfare and the use of public services.
    • The refugee crisis has nothing to do with EU membership. Refugees admitted to Germany have no right to live in the UK.
  • Alan Bullion
    Article: May 9, 2016
    By Dr Alan Bullion

    The argument on trade of those in favour of Britain leaving the European Union appears to be that the United Kingdom is such an important trade partner of the remainder of the EU that it can obtain a trade deal which gives it access to the internal market of the EU but which would not constrain the British government to accept internal market regulation and even allow it to abolish parts of the existing internal market regulation.

  • The European Investment Bank (http://www.eib.org/infocentre/stories/all/2016-february-02/where-the-need-is-acute.htm)
    Article: May 5, 2016

    In Birmingham emergency services are split between two hospitals. To solve this problem, a new £350 million hospital is being built to focus on acute medicine. The 669-bed Midland Metropolitan will be Britain's biggest Accident and Emergency facility. The European Investment Bank is providing £120 million of the cost from the European Fund for Strategic Investments, a programme funded by the EU.