• Article: Jul 17, 2016

    Dear all,

    First of all I want to give a huge welcome to all those new members living across Europe who have joined the Liberal Democrats in recent weeks. Many of you are no doubt deeply concerned about the potential impact of Brexit. So I want you to know that whatever happens, our party will be fighting to maintain a close relationship with Europe and to defend the rights of UK expats living across the continent.

  • Article: Jun 26, 2016
    "Since the referendum's result last Friday, a new dynamic has developed with an online petition calling for a second referendum which had already gathered more than 3.3 million signatures by Sunday 19.00hrs CET
    It reads: 'We the undersigned call upon HM Government to implement a rule that if the remain or leave vote is less than 60% based on a turnout less than 75% there should be another referendum'. https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/131215
    All British citizens can sign the petition, which means those of us disenfranchised in the referendum vote can at last express our opinion that the vote was unrepresentative of the will of all the British people.
    The two main British political parties are in turmoil. Only the Liberal Democrats stand united in support of British membership of the EU.
    Brussels and Europe Liberal Democrats calls upon Europe's leaders to give British people time to resolve this issue and not demand that Article 50 is triggered.
    If a second referendum is eventually held, we demand that the British Government enfranchises all British citizens living abroad, allowing them to cast a vote to help determine their future".
  • Article: Jun 24, 2016
  • George Podium
    Article: Jun 22, 2016

    Thousands of British voters abroad might find their vote in this week's crucial referendum is wasted, after some local councils left sending out ballots until the last minute and some post offices on the continent refused to accept ballots, says George Cunningham,

    Around 300,000 expat Brits may have registered to vote in the EU Referendum on 23rd June, three times as many as for the 2015 General Election. While this is a partial validation of the Electoral Commission's voter registration drive, successful registration is not the same thing as successful voting.
    As we've noted before, local British councils need to ensure overseas voters actually receive their postal ballots in time to send them back before polls close in the UK on 23rd June. The debacle of the 2015 General Election is still fresh in many minds, when many ballots were sent out late.

  • Laura ballot
    Article: Jun 12, 2016

    In response to the public outcry due to the registration system crashing on the day of the deadline - 7th June - government ministers confirmed that the voter registration was to be extended to midnight 9th June.

    Following an intervention by Brussels and Europe Lib Dems with the British Embassy in Brussels, the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office checked the issue of problems related to the return of postal ballots with the Electoral Commission.

  • Team Brussels at York
    Article: May 11, 2016

    Campaigners are making a final call to urge British expats to register to vote in the EU Referendum on 23d June. This follows the Electoral Commission survey that showed that over half of Brits abroad don't know that they can register to vote online and that they should do so by 16th May.

    George Cunningham, Chair of the Brussels and Europe Liberal Democrats and expat campaign group "Brits Abroad: Yes to Europe", said:
    'Unlike other elections, every vote will count in the referendum. British expats should not assume that someone else will carry theirs for them. With the 'Remain' and 'Leave' polls neck and neck, we cannot take anything for granted. Expats should register to vote straight away and certainly by 16th May'.

  • Lib Dems in together
    Article: May 3, 2016

    Keep Britain In Fundraiser

    The Liberal Democrats have teamed up with the Conservative and Labour parties to put on a fundraising event in Brussels on the 25th May.

    25 May 2016, 18.00 at DigitalEurope

    A panel discussion moderated by Martin Bailey, Chair of ProEuropa with:

    Timothy Kirkhope MEP, European Conservative and Reformists

    David Harley, Former Secretary General of the Socialist Group in the European Parliament

    Chris Davies, former Liberal MEP and Chair of INtogether North West England

    Followed by an auction; all proceeds will go to the respective 'IN' campaigns, in accordance with the rules of the UK Electoral Commission.

    Please register on the following website: http://www.keepbritainin.org/
  • Article: Apr 10, 2016

    I'd like to draw your attention to the web site http://register2stay.eu. Please find an excerpt below.

    It is written for those citizens living in EU States beyond the UK. It includes sections on Key-Facts - Expat Facts and a Reading list.

    The administrator, Sir John Ramsden, is a retired ambassador who lives part of the year in Provence.

  • Article: Apr 4, 2016

    EU Referendum

    The absolute final daeadline to register to vote is MIDNIGHT Tuesday 7th June.

    The Electoral Commission advise you to register to vote by 16th May.

    Postal ballot papers will be sent to all eligible overseas voters that are registered to vote in time for the first despatch between 23rd and 27th May.

  • Team Brussels at York
    Article: Mar 28, 2016

    Dear Friend,

    Welcome to the Brussels and Europe Lib Dem website!

    On behalf of the Brussels and Europe Liberal Democrats (BELD) executive committee, a warm welcome to our website.

    Our branch covers the whole of Europe outside the UK, with a fast-growing network of almost 400 members in 22 countries in the European Union, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland. We have been growing fast and have now more than twice the membership than we had before the May 2015 UK General Election.