• GE 2017
    Article: May 17, 2017

    The Liberal Democrat Manifesto, published today - Wednesday 17 May - has been hailed by Brussels and Europe Lib Dems (BELD) as a 'lighthouse and a lifeline' for 1.3mn British citizens living in the EU, EEA and Switzerland.

    The Manifesto makes three pledges in relation to the 5.5mn Brits Abroad in general, and those who live in the EU 27, specifically.

  • Laura and Sophie
    Article: May 13, 2017

    On May 10th, BELD hosted D66 MEP Sophie in't Veld for a Brexit taskforce.

    Sophie is leading the European Parliament's taskforce on expat rights during the Brexit negotiations.

    Other speakers included Monique Hawkins, Lib Dem MEP Catherine Bearder, Fiona Godfey, and Felix from Students for Europe.

    The video of the event can be found below (under videos):

  • Article: Apr 23, 2017

    A message from Tim Farron:

    I want to make this clear.

    The Liberal Democrats will not enter into any coalition deal with either Theresa May's Conservatives or Jeremy Corbyn's Labour party.
    On Thursday 8th of June, every vote for the Liberal Democrats is a vote to change the direction of our country and stop a hard Brexit.

  • Union Jack
    Article: Apr 22, 2017

    Give British citizens votes for life

    Liberal Democrat party policy is to give British citizens votes for life. We would scrap the current law preventing expats from voting after 15 years abroad.

    BELD was responsible for championing this cause within the Lib Dems, we ensured that it became party polcy.

  • Lib dem 2017
    Article: Apr 19, 2017

    General Election 2017!

    She's only gone and done it! After protesting 7 times (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-39628533 ) that there would be no early General Election, Theresa May has gone back on her word and called an election for June 8. Luckily, Lib Dems have been preparing for this moment since David Cameron resigned nearly a year ago.

    Brussels and Europe Lib Dems have a plan (a real plan - not one of David Davis' fictitious plans) to maximise the vote of UK citizens in the EU 27 and support target seats back home.

    However, you may be asking: What can I do right now?

    1. Register to Vote!

  • Article: Feb 27, 2017

    Brussels and Europe Liberal Democrats (BELD)

    2017 National Coordinators

    If you are a member of the Liberal Democrat party and wish to become a national coordinator in your country of residence abroad, please contact the BELD Vice-Chair, responsible for organising Lib Dems living in Europe outside the UK: George Cunningham, email: gfjcunningham@gmail.com.

  • Brexit and beyond
    Article: Feb 18, 2017

    Brussels and Europe Lib Dems (BELD) will be hosting an event at the Lib Dems' Spring Conference in York where we will discuss some of the post-referendum challenges confronting Brits living abroad.

    Speakers include:

    • Alistair Carmichael MP, Member of the Commons Select Committee for Exiting the EU;
    • Sue Wilson, Chair of Bremain in Spain;
    • Roger Casale, Founder and CEO, New Europeans.
  • Rachel Garrod
    Article: Feb 15, 2017

    An interview with our 1000th member, Rachel Garrod

    Since the referendum, BELD membership has almost tripled and shows no signs of stopping. We now have more members than ever before!

    To celebrate this landmark, we decided to interview our 1000th member, Spain-based Rachel Garrod:

    Hi Rachel! Thanks for joining us! What made you decide to become a member?

  • Article: Feb 13, 2017

    'Can I stay?' (please)
    Survey of 5000 Brits in the EU finds losing the right to reside is their biggest Brexit fear


    A survey of more than 5000 British citizens living in the EU has found that 4 out of 5 are worried that Brexit will strip them of their automatic right to live in their country of residence.

    The UK Government has consistently said it will not act unilaterally to guarantee the right of 3mn EU citizens to remain in the UK until it has agreement that the EU 27 will do the same for the estimated 1.2mn UK nationals living in the EU.

  • EU Flag
    Article: Jan 24, 2017

    The Brussels and Europe Liberal Democrats (BELD) welcome today's Supreme Court judgment to uphold the High Court's decision that the UK Parliament must be consulted before the Government triggers Article 50 to begin the process of the UK leaving the EU.

    In a majority judgment (8:3), the judges upheld the decision that rights embedded in the law by the 1972 European Communities Ac (which took the UK into what was then the European Community) cannot be removed by the government's royal prerogative powers. The ruling does not apply to the devolved nations.