• 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:


    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?

  • 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.

  • Article: Jan 20, 2017

    The European Liberal Democrats group are conducting a survey to understand better how UK nationals living abroad would like to be better heard especially in relation to Brexit.

    With so many new and diverse members we'd like to know more about you, your views on Brexit and whether, as Brits in the EU, you feel your voice is being heard properly back home.
    So please could I ask you to take a bit of time to fill out this survey and let us know your thoughts?