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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.
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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: Jul 28, 2017
    In Sky news

    In case not seen, please see this interview which Sir Vince Cable gave to the Sophie Ridge show on Sky on Sunday

    http://news.sky.com/story/sir-vince-cable-says-theres-an-appetite-for-altering-brexit-approach-10958702

    Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable has said he is working with Conservative and Labour MPs to change the Government's approach to Brexit.

  • Article: Jul 4, 2017
    By Nick Clegg, former Leader of the Liberal Democrats in The Financial Times - https://www.ft.com/content/18e5dc98-5f2b-11e7-8814-0ac7eb84e5f1
    EU governments could accept an emergency brake on immigration
    At the heart of Westminster, there lurks a secret. Both Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn want to thwart the moderates in their party who are opposed to a "hard" Brexit. And both have alighted on the same alibi: they claim that since we cannot change the rules governing freedom of movement and stay in the single market, then we have no choice but to leave the single market altogether. It sounds neat - and democratic. After all, few would disagree that immigration in general, and EU free movement in particular, played a significant role in the EU referendum last year. EU leaders regularly emphasise the importance of the "four freedoms". And so the logic flows effortlessly: the will of the British public must be obeyed; EU freedom of movement must go; single market membership must be rescinded. This argument is self-serving nonsense.
  • Article: Jun 22, 2017
    By Chris Higman, LDEG member based in Germany

    In February, as I was writing an earlier article in this series, construction workers on a site near Frankfurt airport found an unexploded bomb from the Second World War. Motorway and railway connections to the airport had to be interrupted while the bomb was being defused. In April, on the eve of the Boat Race, a similar incident occurred in London near Putney Bridge. Last month (May) saw further cases in Hannover (with 50,000 people needing to be evacuated), Gie├čen 70 km north of Frankfurt and again in Frankfurt itself.

  • Article: Jun 21, 2017
    By Nick Hopkinson, chair of the Liberal Democrat European Group in Liberal Democrat Voice

    Brexiters claim that 82% of voters supporting the Tories and Labour validated Brexit in the recent General Election. This has a grain of truth in it. However subsequent polls found issues such as health, the economy, and security were more important to voters. Furthermore, the election marked a return to two party politics in which smaller parties, including ours, were squeezed. A vote for Labour was not necessarily a vote for its ambiguous Brexit stance, but arguably one for hope and an end to Tory austerity.