2021 European Movement Conference

On 27 March 2021 the European Movement UK hosted a big online conference for 3000 people that generated discussion while celebrating and empowering our movement and its activists.

It brought activists and supporters together with influencers and decision makers to discuss both the key issues we still face three months on from the Brexit deal, and how our movement is vital to shaping the UK's relationship with Europe.

Featuring keynote speeches, panel discussions, workshops, Q&As, social events, networking, a virtual exhibition, and more, the event was a chance to for our members could be the change in their local community. It was the latest in a series of events designed to generate discussion about the key issues we still face as a nation while supporting, enhancing, and empowering our network of grassroots activists.

Speakers included:

  • David Lidington - Former Leader of the House of Commons
  • David McAllister MEP - Chair of the European Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee
  • Deborah Meaden - Star of Dragon's Den
  • Daisy Cooper MP - Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats
  • Howard Goodall - EMMY, BRIT, and BAFTA award winning composer
  • Caroline Lucas MP - Green Party MP for Brighton Pavilion
  • Femi Oluwole - Youth Campaigner
  • Deborah Mattinson - Author of "Beyond the Red Wall"
  • Molly Scott Cato - former MEP for the South West of England
  • Noelle O'Connell - CEO of European Movement Ireland
  • Julius Lajtha - President of the Young European Movement UK
  • Lord Andrew Adonis - Chair of the European Movement UK
  • Lord Michael Heseltine - President of the European Movement UK
  • Dominic Grieve - former Attorney General of England and Wales
  • Jon Worth - Political Blogger and teacher at the College of Europe
  • Kate Smart - CEO of Settled
  • Kishan Devani BEM - Queen's New Year's Honours List 2020
  • Stephen Farry MP - Deputy Leader of the Alliance Party
  • Jess Murphy - Musician and Actress
  • Richard Corbett - Former Leader of the European Parliamentary Labour Party
  • Peter Kellner - Former President of YouGov
  • Jonathan Holloway - Theatre and Festival Director
  • Sajjad Karim - Former MEP for the North West of England

Plus representatives of grassroots groups from across the UK and members of the European Movement UK staff team.

You can download a PDF of our virtual conference guide by clicking on this link, and you can watch some videos from the event by checking out the content below.

Keynote speech by Caroline Lucas

MP for Brighton Pavilion and former Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales


Panel on The Brexit Deal : 3 Months On

Featuring Kate Smart (CEO of Settled), Jon Worth (Political Blogger), Stephen Farry MP, Sajjad Karim (Former MEP, Chair)


Deborah Meaden in conversation with Lord Andrew Adonis

Star of TV's Dragon's Den talks to the new Chair of the European Movement UK


Panel on Brexit and the Creative Industries

Featuring Howard Goodall, Jess Murphy, Jonathan Holloway, Christina Birt (Chair)


Keynote speech by David McAllister MEP

Chair of the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee


Keynote speech by Noelle O'Connell

CEO of European Movement Ireland


Panel on Getting Beyond Our Bubble

Featuring Femi Oluwole (Youth Activist), Deborah Mattinson (Author), and Peter Kellner (Former President of YouGov)


Keynote speech by Daisy Cooper

MP for St Albans and Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats


Keynote speech by Kishan Devani

VP of the Lib Dem Campaign for Race Equality


Grassroots Activists Panel

Featuring Louise Brown, Ian Collard, Mark Lazarowicz, Hazel Underwood (Chair)


Keynote speech and Q&A with David Lidington

Former Leader of the House of Commons, Chair of the Conservative European Forum


Panel on The Future of Our Movement

Featuring Julius Lajtha (President of the Young European Movement), Molly Scott Cato (Former MEP), Dominic Grieve (Former Attorney General) and Richard Corbett (Former MEP, Chair)

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