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  • Article: Mar 26, 2018
    By Christopher Woods

    The insuperable political problem for Mrs May and for the Brexit project will be the Republic of Ireland. It is obvious to Irish observers that Mrs May has entrapped herself by undertaking last December not to impose United Kingdom (UK) customs controls on the Irish border, and not to make any changes to the relationship between Northern Ireland and Great Britain. In my view, she may well at that moment have undermined the whole project of leaving the European Union (EU). Brexit may very well never happen.

  • Catherine Bearder MEP (George Dunk)
    Article: Mar 12, 2018

    Catherine Bearder, the only UK Lib Dem MEP says 'time is running out' for Brexit & that there is no guidance from either Corbyn or May on where the UK is headed.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFVP-yic-vM

  • Article: Feb 13, 2018

    ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

    1300-1400 SATURDAY 10 MARCH 2018

    HESKETH 2, RAMADA PLAZA HOTEL, SOUTHPORT

    Following the formal part of the AGM, 30 minutes are envisaged for an informal discussion with Catherine Bearder MEP, Nick Hopkinson and LDEG members to discuss the latest Brexit developments.

    The AGM is open to all LDEG members (new LDEG members can join at https://ldeg.org/en/page/join-ldeg or join at the door)

  • Jo Hayes
    Article: Feb 8, 2018

    The European Parliament's Constitutional Affairs Committee voted in favour of a plan to reduce the number of seats in the European Parliament from 751 to 705 after the UK's departure, and to redistribute the remaining 27 currently British seats to compensate other member states for disparities in representation. France's MEPs each have an electorate of 900,000, while the figure for some other member states, such as Slovakia, Bulgaria, Finland, Ireland and Denmark, is less than half that.

  • Article: Feb 1, 2018

    The Liberal Democrat European Group (LDEG) convenes an annual visit to European Union (EU) Institutions, government representations and leading opinion formers in Brussels.

    FINAL CALL! We have three places left for Liberal Democrat members, preferably LDEG members and those from a range of backgrounds.

  • Article: Jan 31, 2018

    The following is a sample from the weekly "EU Insider Briefing" sent to full European Movement UK members every week.

    The European Movement UK, founded in 1949, provides a cross-party voice for those who believe the UK's interests are best served from inside the EU. EMUK's vision is of a future side by side with our European partners.

    Click on the links for the full article.

    EU Insider Briefing

    European Movement UK News

    NHS Action Day helps to get the message across
    Hundreds of grassroots campaigners from all over the country came together on Saturday as the European Movement UK, Open Britain, Best for Britain and Healthier IN the EU teamed up for an NHS Action Day. Volunteers highlighted the threat Brexit poses to the NHS; and the particular issue of Euratom membership which, if ended, risks disrupting the supply of medical isotopes for medical imaging and other treatments. Over 50 local groups took part - our Reading branch was filmed by Channel 4 News; whilst local radio and print coverage has also been gained. Thank you to all who supported the widespread events.

    Watch Channel 4 News item on Brexit and NHS

    UK News Round-up: 22-28 January 2018

    Brexit's most toxic fallout: Euratom, the NHS and treatments [New European]
    Dr Mike Galsworthy, founder of Scientists for EU, writes that plans to leave Euratom were announced in the small-print of the Article 50 Bill. No one in the nuclear or scientific industry had been forewarned. He suggests that ministers have since failed to address the consequences of withdrawal from Euratom and there has still been no government impact assessment. This could have dangerous consequences. For example, he states that leaving Euratom next year would threaten the supply and cost of medical isotopes that provide half a million scans in England and treat 10,000 patients across the UK annually.

    Poll shows second referendum favoured by 16 point margin [Guardian]
    Voters support the idea of holding a second EU referendum by a 16-point margin, according to one of the largest nationwide opinion polls since the Brexit vote. The ICM survey found that 47% of people would favour having a final say on Brexit once the terms of the UK's departure are known, while 34% oppose reopening the question. Excluding the roughly one-fifth who do not have a view gives a lead of 58% to 42% for a second referendum, showing rising interest in the idea, as concern grows over the direction of recent negotiations.

    Democracy rules OK in the European Union [Yorkshire Post]
    Richard Corbett MEP looks at claims made by some Brexiteers that we have lost or diminished our democracy by being part of the European Union. He notes that we determine our own laws through our national parliament - but that same parliament has chosen to make some laws (about 12%) jointly with our neighbours. This is done where it makes sense to have common rules, such as rules to protect consumers buying goods that are sold across our common market, or on air transport across our borders. He concludes that the Brexiteers' claims that 28 democracies have somehow ceased to be democratic, because they work together on subjects where they are interdependent, is spurious.

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  • Lord Stoneham
    Article: Jan 28, 2018

    The first major stage of the EU (Withdrawal) Bill will reach the House of Lords next week. I thought this would a good time to explain what the next few weeks will look like in this often ignored corner of Westminster, writes Lord (Ben) Stoneham.

    Second Reading

    The Second Reading of the EU Withdrawal Bill will take place early next week. This is a chance for peers to discuss the issues in the Bill and the processes that the Bill, if passed, would enable - namely, the transcribing of EU law into UK law.

  • Article: Jan 22, 2018

    What are the prospects for a referendum on the terms of any deal and an early General Election stemming from the ongoing Brexit crisis?

    Nigel Farage recently toyed with the possibility of a 'second' referendum. Whilst ostensibly suggesting it might settle the Brexit debate for a generation, his real motivation is to have a referendum before the poor withdrawal deal being negotiated becomes obvious to a substantial majority of voters, and while the two largest parties maintain their 'have your cake and eat it too' support for Brexit. Some argue, perhaps even more importantly, that a referendum allows Farage another chance to be in the national spotlight, perhaps again as UKIP leader.

  • Nick Hopkinson
    Article: Jan 21, 2018

    In the previous two posts in this series, I examined the legislative process and prospects for the EU negotiations. Our challenge is how to shape public opinion and move parliamentarians from other political parties to build an overwhelming national will to stop this Brexit madness, and in so doing attract more support for ourselves.

  • Article: Jan 17, 2018
    By Nick Hopkinson in LibDem Voice

    This is the second part of a series "Brexit is a luxury for the few. The EU is a necessity for the many." Part 1 can be found here.

    The negotiations with EU27 are the point at which Brexit fantasies meet reality. Allegations that the EU needs us more than we need them have been exposed as false as the Government jettisons previously trumpeted 'red lines'. The Phase 1 joint report of the UK and EU negotiators shows the Government has given into virtually every EU demand.