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Brighton and Hove Liberal Democrats

European Union News

  • Unite For Europe (www.uniteforeurope.org)
    Article: Mar 16, 2017
    By Stamati Crook

    Theresa May and her Government are rushing us headlong out of Europe. It is time for Liberal Democrats to make a stand and make the case for maintaining the closest possible ties with the European Union and ensuring that the three million European nationals currently living in the UK feel welcome here.

  • Article: Mar 8, 2017
    By Stamati Crook

    The Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords have been leading the close scrutiny of Article 50 and the Conservative Government's rush to take us out of Europe.

    The Liberal Democrat Peers have three goals:

    • Protect Britain's membership of the single market
    • Protect the rights of EU citizens in the UK
    • Give the people the final say on the Brexit deal
  • Article: Mar 7, 2017

    In an extremely rare move for the House of Lords the Liberal Democrats have tabled an amendment against the Brexit Bill at Third Reading.

    The Liberal Democrats tabled the amendment which declines to allow the Bill to pass following today's defeat of their amendment demanding that the people are given a final say on the Brexit deal.

  • Article: Mar 4, 2017
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  • european union flag union jack
    Article: Mar 2, 2017
    In BBC

    The government has been defeated after the House of Lords said ministers should guarantee EU nationals' right to stay in the UK after Brexit.

    The vote, by 358 to 256, is the first Parliamentary defeat for the government's Brexit bill.

    However, MPs will be able to remove their changes when the bill returns to the House of Commons.

  • Tom Brake
    Article: Feb 19, 2017
    By The Voice in Liberal Democrat Voice

    One of the things we can be most proud of is that we ensured that this country was committed in law to providing 0.7% of GDP in foreign aid to provide things like food, humanitarian aid, water, schooling and protection for women and girls at risk of abuse to the poorest places on the planet.

    Now it seems that the Brexiteers in government plan to divert some of that money to EU countries to advance our position in the Brexit negotiations. That doesn't strike us as being what it's for.

  • Tim Farron portrait in front of Westminster
    Article: Feb 14, 2017
    By NewsHound | in Liberal Democrat Voice

    Tim Farron has written a powerful article in the FT accusing Theresa May of sacrificing the British economy as Labour stand by and help her.

    We have tried to bring sanity to the debate, tabling amendments in the House of Commons to retain single-market membership, to allow EU citizens lawfully resident in the UK to keep their right to remain, and to give the British people a vote on the final Brexit deal. Mrs May, though, is not listening. She has crushed opposition from her MPs and made the political decision to sacrifice the British economy. The situation has been made worse by a divided Labour party that has failed to oppose the government's Brexit strategy. Labour has not merely failed to provide an opposition, it has conspired to help the Conservatives risk the stability of the UK economy.

  • Article: Feb 8, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have produced figures to show that government plans to boost house-building cannot be delivered because of a Brexit-driven labour crisis.

    Andrew Stunell, Liberal Democrat construction spokesperson, has shown that the construction industry would need a 35% increase in workers to deliver the houses the government claims it will build - but if ministers do follow through on their stated intention of delivering hard Brexit and cutting labour access to the EU27, the construction industry's labour force would shrink by 9%.

  • Article: Feb 5, 2017
    By Stamati Crook

    EU citizenship is given automatically to anyone who is a citizen of an EU country and is additional to national citizenship.

    EU citizens have the right to travel and live anywhere in the European Union and to vote in European and local elections where they are living.

    One of the rights that UK Nationals may have to give up as we leave the European Union is the right to travel and live anywhere in the EU. There may be considerable paperwork ahead before you can take up that job offer in Paris.

  • Article: Jan 31, 2017

    Liberal Democrat MPs have demanded that a people's vote is held on the final Brexit deal.

    They have tabled amendments to the Article 50 Bill which also include securing a commitment from the government that it will retain Britain's membership of the Single Market and that EU nationals living in the UK are guaranteed the right to remain.

  • Lib Dem Article 50 Petition Team in George Street, Hove.
    Article: Jan 28, 2017
    By Stamati Crook

    Our petitions team today collected more signatures in George Street in Hove for our petition urging our local Brighton and Hove MPs to vote against Article 50. If you support close ties with Europe it is your last chance to sign this petition which you can do electronically at http://www.liberalbrighton.org/eu-petition.

  • Article: Jan 21, 2017
    By Hilary Ellis

    This week Theresa May has come clean that she is determined to take the UK out of the Single Market.


    Make no mistake. The British people did not vote to leave the Single Market, and to do so could be devastating for our economy and our freedoms.

    Inflation is already on the up. The value of the pound has plummeted.

    It has never been more important to continue to make the case for Britain's membership of the Single Market.

    There are four things you can do today to help:

    1. Please
    sign and share our petition 'No Voice - No Article 50'

  • Article: Jan 20, 2017

    Liberal Democrat membership passed 80,000 as hundreds of people joined the party in the wake of Theresa May's Brexit Speech.

    Over a thousand members have joined the party during the course of the week, half of which have joined since Corbyn confirmed Labour will back the Tories in triggering article 50, even if it leads to a hard Brexit without the public being given a say.

  • Article: Jan 17, 2017

    Tim Farron, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, has criticised the Prime Minister for declaring that she is taking Britain out of the Single Market and denying the British people a say on the final deal.

    Tim Farron said: "Theresa May has confirmed Britain is heading for a Hard Brexit. She claimed people voted to Leave the Single Market. They didn't. She has made the choice to do massive damage to the British economy.

  • Article: Jan 10, 2017

    Tim Farron, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, has responded to Jeremy Corbyn's speech on Brexit.

    Tim Farron said: "This confirms what we all suspected, that Jeremy Corbyn never had his heart in fighting to protect Britain's place in Europe.

    "He failed to pull a shift to keep us in the EU before the referendum and now he is helping Theresa May, Liam Fox and Boris Johnson yank us out of the single market.

  • Article: Dec 29, 2016

    Nick Clegg has posed 20 questions the government needs to answer in its Brexit plan that it has committed to presenting to parliament early in the New Year.


    The former Deputy Prime Minister, now Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesperson, said:

    "It is astonishing that six months on from the referendum result the public are still no clearer on what the government's plans are to ensure British jobs, welfare and security are protected post Brexit.

    "All we've had is speculation and back tracking. The endless contradictory and simply inaccurate information that has come out of Whitehall is undermining our position across Europe and the world.

    "Now the government has finally committed to presenting parliament with a plan at the beginning of 2017, it needs to be just that, a comprehensive plan that explains how they will ensure future prosperity for British people and businesses."

    The questions that need to be answered:

  • Article: Dec 16, 2016

    With the Government still not prepared to guarantee EU citizens #RightToStay and with Tory MPs like Liam Fox claiming EU citizens are cards, we asked some of the people who signed our #RightToStay petition to tell us why it matters to them - these are their stories:

    Kristina StrombergKristina Stromberg

    My half British teenage daughter is born and raised here, she speaks no Swedish.

  • Sarah Olney, Tim Farron and Lib Dem supporters (Jon Ball)
    Article: Dec 7, 2016

    Last week Liberal Democrat Sarah Olney sent a strong message to Government when she overturned Zac Goldsmith's 23,000 majority to become the new MP for Richmond Park in London. On Monday 5th December she was sworn into the House of Commons and met up with Liberal Democrat MPs, Peers and supporters from across the country.

  • Article: Dec 6, 2016

    At his first press conference in his capacity as Chief Negotiator for the European Commission in the Brexit negotiations, Michel Barnier suggested on Tuesday 6 December that the negotiations, if activated by the UK government by end March 2017, would have to be concluded by October 2018. This would then allow sufficient time to allow for full ratification by the EU's member states, the European Parliament and the UK Parliament within the 2 year time frame prescribed under article 50. Although the October 2018 deadline is merely advisory and falls within the 2 year period, it clearly indicates what procedures and processes need to take place once an agreement is reached.

  • Article: Dec 2, 2016

    The Liberal Democrats have won the Richmond Park by-election following a swing of 21.7%.

    Folllowing the victory Tim Farron, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, said:

    "The message is clear: The Liberal Democrats are back and we are carrying the torch for all of those who want a real opposition to this Conservative Brexit Government.

    "We are the only party fighting to keep Britain open, tolerant and united, and the only party that has said, loudly and proudly, that we want Britain to remain a member of the Single Market and that we want the people to be given the final say over the Brexit deal. That message has been resoundingly backed by the people of Richmond Park.

    "This was a remarkable, come-from-nowhere upset that will terrify the Conservatives. A year and a half ago, their man won by nearly 40% and had a majority of more than 20,000. In one fell swoop we have wiped that out completely.

    "If this was a General Election, this swing would mean the Conservatives would lose dozens of seats to the Liberal Democrats - and their majority with it. No one believes the Labour Party will win any seats off the Tories - and the SNP could only possibly take one off them. But there are dozens in our reach. So, as this by-election has demonstrated, the only way to prevent a Conservative majority at the next election is to vote Liberal Democrat."

  • Article: Dec 2, 2016

    Speaking at the count following her shock victory in the Richmond Park by-election, newly elected MP Sarah Olney said:

    "Let me start by thanking the other candidates for a hard-fought campaign - and to Zac Goldsmith in particular, I wish you well and assure you that I will continue your fight against the expansion of Heathrow.

    "I also would like to thank the returning officer, the staff that have worked so hard today and yesterday and of course the police. I want to thank my amazing campaign team led by James Lillis and the thousands of volunteers who have taken time to support me over the course of the campaign. I want to thank my family and friends for the wonderful support they've given me - particularly my husband Ben and our children. I want to thank our leader Tim Farron, and all the other party members who could not have been more supportive. And I'd like to thank the Greens, More United, the Women's Equality Party and all the other people beyond the Lib Dems who have supported me in this campaign.

    "A year and a half ago, I wasn't involved in politics. I wasn't a member of a political party. I'd never been involved in a political campaign. I'd never thought about being a politician. But I knew I was a Liberal - I believed in openness, tolerance, compassion, working with our neighbours at home and around the world - and when I saw what happened at the General Election and I felt I had to get involved.

    "I think a lot of people in this community had the same feeling this summer. Richmond Park is full of people like me who felt that something was going wrong. That the politics of anger and division were on the rise. That the liberal, tolerant values we took for granted were under threat. We were seeing the UKIP vision for Britain in the ascendancy - intolerant, backward-looking, divisive; just as we see it in America and across Europe.

    "Well today we have said no. We will defend the Britain we love. We will stand up for the open, tolerant, united Britain that we believe in. The people of Richmond Park and North Kingston have sent a shockwave through this Conservative Brexit Government. And our message is clear: we do not want a 'hard Brexit'; we do not want to be pulled out of the Single Market; and we will not let intolerance, division and fear win."

  • Article: Dec 1, 2016
    By William Powell, Deputy Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats on Powys County Council in Eurofile

    Reassuring EU Nationals in the UK - 'not only common decency but also common sense'

    William Powell considers the issue of the many thousands of workers in the UK who had no vote in the Brexit Referendum - but who are living with its consequences

    Quantifying the problem of hate crime

    Over the summer, I received several disturbing reports ranging from school yard taunting of the children of EU nationals about 'returning home' post Brexit right through to criminal damage of commercial premises. In the light of this, I took the opportunity to ask Cllr Barry Thomas, Leader of Powys County Council, a question on reported incidents of hate crime at Full Council last month. Given the need to keep our communities secure, tolerant and welcoming, I asked what specific measures are being promoted within the Powys Public Service Board, to combat intolerance and prejudice, in furtherance of the Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015. This followed a useful meeting that Cllr Thomas and I had with newly elected Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner, Dafydd Llewelyn, at the Royal Welsh Show.

  • Article: Nov 30, 2016

    The Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats will tell the House of Lords that it should reject the blank cheque Brexit proposed by the Conservative Government.

    In a speech in London on Wednesday to the 100-strong group of Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords, Willie Rennie will say:

    "The Conservatives are arguing is that we must accept whatever deal is negotiated. Whatever the deal, they will sign it. It's the Blank Cheque Brexit.

  • Catherine Bearder MEP
    Article: Nov 25, 2016

    Today MEPs have voted for tough measures to combat the growing trade in illegal wildlife products which is destroying the planet's ecosystem.

    The report by Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder makes the following recommendations to tackle wildlife trafficking:

    • Minimum prison sentences for wildlife traffickers across the EU by listing wildlife crime as a "serious crime" in accordance with the United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC).
  • Article: Nov 23, 2016

    This is a Government that is just about managing. The official figures have revealed a £220 billion Brexit black hole- hundreds of billions taken out our economy when we need it most. Given how bad the outlook is, it's no wonder the Chancellor doesn't want to have to do another Autumn Statement.

    The OBR figures forecast a rise a unemployment and a fall in living standards.