On 28 September in Toulouse, the ALDE Party individual members in France in cooperation with the UK Liberal Democrats in France hosted a conference to discuss Brexit and European politics.
Individual members' country coordinator in France, Yves Robert, and the chair of the UK Liberal Democrats in France, Paul Fisher, opened the meeting and welcomed the participants, followed by words of welcome to Toulouse by the Vice-President of Toulouse Metropole in charge of European affairs, Jean-Claude Dardelet.
ALDE Party Vice President Annelou van Egmond who was present in Toulouse to represent the ALDE Party Bureau said on the state of European politics: “Following the European elections of May 2019, there is a new political landscape in the European Parliament. ALDE Party is much stronger. With Renew Europe, we have broken the old duopoly of EPP and European socialists. They can’t run the European institutions on their own anymore. Majorities can only be achieved with cooperation of ALDE and Renew.”
Throughout the day in several roundtables, participants focused on questions of European defence and security, with input by among others German MP Sandra Weeser (FDP, Germany), and on European democracy and the role of individual citizens to further European integration. One of the major questions of the day was the situation around Brexit. Tom Brake MP (UK Lib Dems) explained the latest developments and answered the questions from concerned British citizens living in France on possible consequences.
The event was organised by the ALDE Party Individual Members in France and the UK Liberal Democrats in France with the support of FDP/France and Più Europa/Paris.