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Welcome to Liberal Democrat European Group

The Liberal Democrat European Group (LDEG), an Associate Organisation (AO) of the Liberal Democrats, campaigns for the UK's membership of the EU, and peace and prosperity in Europe.
Specifically, LDEG:
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Michael Young () attendees () Catherine Bearder () Jo Swinson () Robert Heslop, Membership Officer, Nick Hopkinson, Chair of LDEG and Thomas Cole, Northern Ireland Spokesperson at LDEG's stall Antony Hook ()

  • Article: Oct 19, 2017
    By Nick Hopkinson

    The current consensus amongst leading commentators is for extreme outcomes from the Brexit negotiations: either we crash out with no deal, or we remain in the EU. The possibility of a 'soft' Brexit appears to be receding.

    The Prime Minister could have united the nation at the outset of her premiership. Instead she squandered her authority on pandering to the ideological EUphobes on the right of her party and an empty appeal to the 'Just About Managing'. She has done little for the latter because she is in the pocket of the former. Proposing to leaving the Single Market and Customs Union may have helped keep her in Number 10 in the short term. However a 'soft' Brexit based on the existing off the shelf Norwegian model might have been more sustainable politically in the longer term.

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    Article: Oct 18, 2017

    There is still time to book your tickets for the Pro-EU Conference, which will focus on current developments in Parliament, how public opinion on Brexit is changing, the impact on the UK of political changes in France and Germany and how we can build our strength to have maximum impact, both locally and nationally.

  • Article: Sep 20, 2017
    By Matt Allen in backbench

    Saturday marked the beginning of a planned winter of discontent as ten to twenty thousand people descended on London to attend the People's March for Europe, a demonstration aimed at highlighting public disgust at Britain's departure from the European Union. Had the same level of effort been put into the Remain campaign last year, this event would never have needed to take place.

  • Article: Sep 14, 2017
    By Guy Verhofstadt in News - ALDE

    During yesterday's State of the Union, ALDE Group leader Guy Verhofstadt called upon President Juncker to use the last two years of his Presidency to launch a reform agenda:

    "The populists announced a populist spring, but reaped the opposite. A boomerang in their face: the rise of pro-European parties. Because since Brexit, it's clear what our citizens want. Reform Europe, yes! Destroy Europe, no bloody way."

    Verhofstadt warned: "But make no mistake. The fight is far from over. This is no time to sit back and to relax. People don't want "this" Europe, they want to change Europe."

    "73 per cent want more European action to solve migration, 75 per cent want more European action against climate change, the same number want a European army and even more want European capabilities to fight terrorism."

    "The time has come to build the Europe the people are asking for:

    • A real European asylum system so that we can replace the broken Dublin system;
    • A real European border and coast guard, so that people no longer die on our shores.
    • A European defense union, so that we, ourselves, are in charge of our backyard and not always Russians or Americans.
    • A European FBI so that we are really able to fight the terrorists, terrorists who know no borders.
    • A real government for the Eurozone so we can steer the European economy, create European companies that become world champions."

    Verhofstadt concluded: "We also need to strengthen our European democracy."

    "That's why I'm fighting for transnational lists, for a real European constituency. So that we lift our democracy to a continental scale. Europe is more than just the sum of 27 national democracies. Our European executive needs to be matched by a powerful parliament."

    "Our European executive needs to be matched by a powerful parliament that defends our European principles and values against governments in Poland and Hungary. "Alt-right governments", who believe Trump is the example, Trump with his white supremacy. Or Putin or Erdogan who jail their democratic opponents."

    Let's make Europe the counterweight of all this. A beacon of openness, of freedom, of hope for the 21st century."

    Vice President of the European Parliament Pavel Telicka (ANO, Czech Republic) congratulated President Juncker with his speech:

    "I can very well work with what you have said. With this vision and these ideas I can enter the Czech political arena."

    "Let's forget the five scenarios, three were not scenarios at all. The implementation of your proposals will lead to the outcome of the sixth scenario, the Union we want to have.

    "We are in a better shape, but there is still a lack of unity in the Council. A lack of political will to implement in the Member States what we have decided."

    Please do visit ALDE's website for more EU related news - http://alde.eu/en/news/968-no-place-for-alt-right-governments-in-eu-and-need-for-transnational-lists-guy-verhofstadt-in-sou/