European Movement UK
The European Movement UK is an independent all-party pressure group in the United Kingdom which campaigns for a close relationship with European Union, and to ensure that European values, standards, and rights are upheld in British law post-Brexit. It is part of the European Movement International which pushes for a "democratic, federal, enlarged European Union". It is the most prominent pro-Europe group in Britain.
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The Honorary President was Lord Ashdown until his death in December 2018. Former Deputy Prime Minister Michael Heseltine was appointed as President in May 2019. The current Chairman, the operational poltical leadership of the Movement, is (since March 2021) Lord Adonis, preceded by Stephen Dorrell.
The origins of the European Movement lie in the aftermath of the Second World War. More than eight hundred delegates from across Europe gathered at the First Congress of Europe in The Hague in May 1948, under the chairmanship of Sir Winston Churchill, to create a new international movement to promote European unity and prevent further wars between its European countries. The British section of the European Movement was founded a year later. It was also supported by Clement Attlee, the British Prime Minister. Churchill consistently made clear that he saw any 'united Europe' rooted in 'a partnership between France and Germany'. "In all this urgent work" as he put it, "France and Germany must take the lead together. Great Britain, the British Commonwealth of Nations, mighty America, and I trust, Soviet Russia....must be the friends and Sponsors of the new Europe, and must champion its right to live." The British European Movement, mostly working through its Campaign Group based in Chandos House, London, worked closely with the Conservative Prime Minister Edward Heath in the early 1970s when Heath applied to join the European Union.
It campaigned for Britain to remain in the EU in the 2016 referendum and continued to oppose Brexit in collaboration with other major pro-European campaign groups such as Open Britain and Britain for Europe.
In February 2018 George Soros's Open Society Foundations donated £500,000 to a number of groups opposing Brexit including £182,000 to European Movement UK. In April the same year the group joined the People's Vote to campaign for a second vote.
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External links including affiliated branches
- European Movement UK
- European Movement in Scotland
- Perth for Europe
- Leeds for Europe
- Wales for Europe Cymru Dros Ewrop
- European Movement City and East (London)
- Lewisham and East for Europe
- Lambeth for Europe
- European Movement in Wandsworth & Merton
- Islington in Europe
- European Movement Hammersmith, Chelsea, Kensington and Fulham
- European Movement Ealing
- North East European Movement
- Lancaster 48%
- Hull and East Yorkshire for Europe
- Hope Valley, Derbyshire European Movement
- European Movement Lincolnshire
- Cambridge stays
- Bedfordshire for Europe
- Stratford for Europe
- Warwick District 4 Europe
- Oxford say yes to Europe
- Berkshire for Europe
- European Movement Mendip
- Salisbury for Europe
- Sevenoaks & Swanley Together In Europe
- Tunbridge Wells in Europe
- Mid Kent 4 EU
- Tonbridge & Malling for Europe
- European Movement 1066 Branch (Hastings)
- Brighton & Hove for EU
- Portsmouth and Chichester for Europe
- Dorset for Europe
- European Movement International
- Young European Movement UK
- "Leeds for Europe - Get Involved". www.leedsforeurope.org. Retrieved 2019-04-13.