A new initiative that might be of interest to supporters of BCUAB: https://www.facebook.com/CFECR/
Great to welcome IMCO chair Anneleen Van Bossuyt MEP to speak to our association today over lunch, a fascinating discussion on the view of Brexit from the other side of the channel, in particular Flanders
On 18 October the British Conservatives in Belgium will be holding our next Association event; a round-table lunch with Anneleen Van Bossuyt MEP, Chair of the European Parliament Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection as our guest speaker.
Within the context of the on-going Brexit negotiations the future shape of Britain’s trading relationship with the EU remains very much up in the air, with multiple views abounding within the UK. But what are the considerations on the other side of the table? How will the Single Market develop going forward amongst the remaining 27 countries?
We look forward to discussing these and other questions from one of the most authoritative voices on this subject in the European Parliament.
Congratulations to Anneleen Van Bossuyt on election as IMCO Chair
Despite the time difference, it appears we will be able to get to bed earlier than usual on election night (relatively speaking)
Leader of the Conservatives in the European Parliament Ashley Fox MEP seeks a clear victory in the general election to "provide the Government with a strong mandate to secure the best deal for Britain"
Prime Minister May calls a general election for 8 June, needing 2/3 majority in the House for it to be approved
LIVE: The House of Lords debate the government's bill on triggering Article 50
Mike Pence reaffirms support for European countries, saying:
"We are separated by an ocean, but we are joined by a common heritage, and by a common commitment to freedom, democracy and to the rule of law, and we are confident that bond will endure and grow in the years ahead.”
There has been some suggestion that the UK will need to pay €60 billion when it leaves as its shares of the EU's liabilities. The Centre for European Reform has published a leaflet which considers this aspect of Brexit
It was promised in the 2010 manifesto, and it was shamefully delayed until after the EU referendum, but the government has now announced that it will restore the right to vote to UK citizens resident abroad for more than 15 years