• 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.

  • Summer party
    Article: Jul 5, 2017

    All Lib Dem members are cordially invited to join BELD at our annual summer garden party on 31 July, 19:00-21:00.

    The maximum number of guests is 55, so please RSVP to:

    annejarvis@uklibdems.eu

    Please inform Anne of any allergies or intolerances. The menu will include Vegetarian and Vegan dishes, along with Meat dishes.

  • Article: Jun 20, 2017

    BELD wholeheartedly endorses the spirt of a press release issued yesterday by British in Europe, a coalition of a dozen volunteer UK citizen groups across Europe:


    TIME FOR THE UK TO MAKE CLEAR ITS POSITION ON CITIZENS' RIGHTS.
    THE FUTURE OF 1.2 MILLION UK CITIZENS IS AT STAKE

    We, British in Europe, wish David Davis well in the Brexit negotiations with the European Union which start today. We would like to remind him that he and the UK government are also there to represent the 1.2 million UK citizens most directly impacted by Brexit - those who live in the EU and have been in limbo for a year, waiting for talks to start. We expect him to stick to Theresa May's repeated pledge to make the sorting out of our post-Brexit rights - on the basis of reciprocity - her highest priority.

  • 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.