Selection of Candidates for European Elections

The Liberal Democrats are starting to select their candidates for the European elections, as reported in the Huffington Post

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British Public Turning Against Leave

@UKElectionMaps has just produced an updated poll of polls and it shows a slow but consistent trend away from Leave and towards Remain

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ALDE Party Council - Berlin

ALDE is the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe and is the European political party in which the Liberal Democrats are members. Its latest Council meeting was held in Berlin and Rob Harrison attended as a non-voting observer.

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LGBT+ History Month

The former Liberal Democrat MP, Lynne Featherstone, was the architect of the same-sex marriage act, which legalised same-sex marriage in the UK on 5 February 2013. We are still fighting to protect the rights of all citizens throughout Europe and the World

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Pulse of Europe - Munich - 3 Feb 2019

Pulse of Europe - standing up for the future of Europe 

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Meaningful Vote 29 January

29 January saw another crazy evening in the British House of Commons as Theresa May tried to get her deal through parliament. 

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New Year Message - 2019

Happy New Year!

I write this message on New Year’s Day travelling on a train – one of the world-famous ICE trains – travelling the length of Germany from Munich to Hamburg. The journey has given me plenty of time for reflection on the events of the past year and those in the near future.


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Switzerland and the UK reach deal on post-Brexit residency

After two years of uncertainty, it was announced on Thursday that the UK and Swiss governments have come to an agreement on citizens' rights in each country after Brexit. Jane Owen, the British Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein, said that citizens in each other's countries would "continue enjoying broadly the same rights as they do now... [including] rights of residency, access to healthcare, pensions, social security coordination and the mutual recognition of professional qualifications".

More details are in the statement here. There will be a number of roadshows in Switzerland and Liechtenstein in early 2019; see the schedule here.

This news comes as some welcome relief for the 41,000 UK citizens living in Switzerland and 34,000 Swiss living in the UK, who have spent the last two years worrying for their future. 

Chair’s Report 2018

Since I took over the Chair of the Liberal Democrats in Europe, we have made significant progress on several fronts.

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Fresh Referendum in Weeks

Parliament can legislate for a second referendum or a PeopleVote on the final deal within weeks, according to Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable, speaking in Bristol. The Independent newspaper has been running a campaign for UK voters to have a #FinalSay on the proposed agreement to leave the European Union and reported on the speech. The Independent is still collecting signatures on their petition which can be signed here.

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