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A message to Brussels and Europe Lib Dem Members from Tim Farron MP

July 17, 2016 7:23 PM

Dear all,

First of all I want to give a huge welcome to all those new members living across Europe who have joined the Liberal Democrats in recent weeks. Many of you are no doubt deeply concerned about the potential impact of Brexit. So I want you to know that whatever happens, our party will be fighting to maintain a close relationship with Europe and to defend the rights of UK expats living across the continent.

I recently met with the seven Liberal Prime Ministers of other EU countries to the discuss the referendum outcome, and now I have written to them all asking to support a proposal to allow UK expats to reside freely in Europe if and when the UK does leave the EU. The Liberal Democrats have already called on the UK government to offer all EU citizens residing in Britain a guarantee they can stay. We believe this certainty should now be extended to British citizens who have taken advantage of EU free movement to live elsewhere in Europe. EU citizens in the UK and British citizens abroad must not be treated as political bargaining chips.

You can help spread the message by sharing this letter online through social media and with friends, family, colleagues and fellow expats I also encourage you to speak to anyone who shares our vision of Britain as an internationalist, open and optimistic country and ask them to join the party.

Together we can defend the right to free movement and secure opportunities for the millions of British citizens who have chosen to live abroad in the EU.