• Andrew Duff event
    Article: Oct 8, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats in Europe, D66 Brussels & Luxembourg and FDP Auslandsgruppe Europa invite you to a discussion with former MEP and Fellow at the European Policy Centre Andrew Duff on Brexit - State of Play.

    When? 10 October 2017, 18:30 - 20:00h

    Where? Friedrich Naumann Foundation, Kortenberglaan 71 Avenue de Cortenbergh ,
    1000 Brussels

  • Article on Tories meltdown
    Article: Oct 8, 2017
    By Raphaela Kitson-Pantano

    One of the Tory party's longest serving political campaigners has said that the Conservative party are 'facing oblivion' and will not have enough activists to fight another General Election after new figures show the party has lost almost a third of their members since 2013.

    In an exclusive interview with Tribune magazine, John Strafford, chairman of the Campaign for Conservative Democracy, revealed that the Tories now have just 100,000 members, down from around 140,000 just 4 years ago.

  • Article: Oct 4, 2017
    By Raphaela Kitson-Pantano

    BELD will be holding its AGM in Amsterdam on the weekend of 1-3 December in the margins of the ALDE Annual Conference - we will proposing a name change for our Local Party to LibDems in Europe to more clearly reflect our pan European membership (1300 members live outside Belgium). The date is now set for Saturday 2 December and the provisional timing is 1100-1300 so as to enable day travellers to make it.

  • parliamentary visit sept 2017
    Article: Sep 28, 2017
    By Raphaela Kitson-Pantano

    The BELD ExCom particpated in a Parliamentary Gathering with LibDem MEPs and addressed the topic of Brexit going forward. This was the opportunity for BELD members to come together, meet their MEPs, develop new frienships and discuss the similarities of the disaster of Brexit on UK citizens around Europe.

  • Conference Mix and Match
    Article: Sep 22, 2017
    By Raphaela Kitson-Pantano

    Our Fringe event was well supported with about 100 in attendance. I chaired a most interesting set of presentations on the subject of "BREXIT Negotiations: What is the best option fro maintaining EU citizenship rights?" by Tom Brake MP (LibDem Spokesperson on Brexit), Catherine Bearder MEP, Costanza de Toma (Chair of EU 27, The 3M Group) and Dr Ruuvi Zielgler (New Europeans Legal Advisor). This was followed by questions and answers from those who attended.

  • Chair speaking at Conference
    Article: Sep 21, 2017
    By Raphaela Kitson-Pantano

    As Chair of the Brussels and Europe Lib Dems, I attended the LibDem Conference in Bournemouth with others from BELD where we participated in plenary debates, networked with other colleagues, ran a Fringe Event, attended the Federal International Relations Committee of the Federal Board and met with the Chair to discuss restructuring for the LibDems outside the UK.

  • Article: Aug 3, 2017

    BELD would like to share the following news from British in Europe:

    The British in Europe Coalition and the 3million have issued a joint response to the second round of negotiations and to the European Commission´s comparison of the positions of the EU and UK on citizens´ rights (https://ec.europa.eu/commission/sites/beta-political/files/eu-uk_table_cr.pdf).

    The 8-page report sets out in detail the concerns that urgently need to be taken into account in future rounds of negotiations.

    For a summary of the report and a link to the full document go to:

    https://britishineurope.org/response-to-round-2-of-brexit-negotations/

    For Brits living in Germany, next Monday´s (7th) there will be a Brexit beer garden (17:00 onwards, Wirtshaus am Bavariapark, Theresienhöhe).

  • Paul Fisher
    Article: Jul 27, 2017
    By Raphaela Kitson-Pantano

    Following the resignation, last month, of the former Chair of BELD amidst a plan that was to ensure that the voice of the British citizens living in Europe is heard back home, Paul Fisher stood for the position of Chair of the Brussels and Europe Liberal Democrats Local Party and won the election.

    With 60% of votes in his favour, Paul Fisher was elected on the promises to ensure the sustainable development of BELD as a regional party coordinating the development of local parties across Europe, to work towards giving the Britons abroad the right to vote beyond the 15-year threshold in recognized abroad constituencies and to work to ensure the Liberal Democrats ideas are shared and communicated as broadly as possible to support our membership and the work of the National Liberal Democrats back home.

  • Article: Jul 27, 2017

    David Davis, Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, was in Munich earlier this week.

    British citizens based in Munich were disappointed to be ignored by Davis.

    BELD executive member Rob Harrison was among them and gave the following interview (in German):

    https://www.merkur.de/lokales/ebersberg/zorneding-ort80605/brite-aus-zorneding-fuehle-mich-allein-gelassen-brexit-8520794.html

  • Team Brussels at York
    Article: Jul 26, 2017
    By Raphaela Kitson-Pantano

    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 over 1000 members in 22 countries in the European Union, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland. We have been growing fast and have now almost thrice the membership than we had before the June 2016 UK General Election.