Tim Farron in Brussels: “Britain is better in Europe, and Europe is better with Britain in it”


Tim Farron has been over to Brussels today, meeting our partners in the European Parliament. He discussed Britain’s place in Europe with them and with the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE).

He tells us:

I’ve had the opportunity today to talk to Liberal Democrat colleagues from across Europe. Seven of the twenty-eight Heads of Government are liberal democrats and it’s been a privilege to have the opportunity to talk to them and encourage them to support the UK renegotiation so we can begin the campaign to keep Britain at the heart of the European Union.

Something we all agreed on is that Britain is better in Europe, and Europe is better with Britain in it.

Beyond the renegotiation, what will really decide whether Britain chooses to remain in Europe or not are the bigger, loftier issues.

Is it better for Britain to be within the biggest, most important economy on earth, or not? Is it better in times of danger and insecurity to be with our friends and allies, or not? And when we are faced with huge global crises like the world economy, the refugee situation and climate, are we better able to deal with those better together or alone?

The answer to those questions to me are obvious as a liberal, and I am grateful that is the same position held by our Liberal Democrat colleagues across Europe.

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  • With the utmost respect and am not saying for a second that politicians are not aware of this, for the interests of transparency, we are debating leaving the EU (political organisation) not “Europe” (geographical continent) – for my ” two cents”, please consider calling the EU by its technical name – thank you, indeed.

  • Conor McGovern 18th Feb '16 - 11:26pm


  • Yes, Britain is in Europe. We are debating remain in or leave the European Union.

  • David Cooper 19th Feb '16 - 11:04am

    Can’t get very excited about this, but I do have one piece of advice. When you are being screwed, withdrawal can be a very messy option. Perhaps we are better in.

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