• 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

  • Paul Fisher
    Article: Jul 26, 2017
    By Raphaela Kitson-Pantano

    Dear Friend,

    Welcome to the Liberal Democrats in Europe website!

    Our branch covers the whole of Europe outside the UK, with a fast-growing network of over 1500 members in 22 countries in the European Union, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland. We have been growing fast and now have more members than ever before, over five times more than we had before the June 2016 UK General Election!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?