Former Conservative MP Dominic Grieve and Former Green MEP Molly Scott Cato have joined the National Council of the European Movement.
Their appointments come as the organisation charts a new course following the election, and is now focused on holding the government to account and ensuring that European rights, values, and standards are upheld in British law following the end of the Brexit transition period.
Commenting, Dominic Grieve said:
“When I spoke at the Grassroots for Europe conference in January I was struck by the passion and enthusiasm of European Movement activists. The UK may have now left the European Union, but the movement’s 126 local groups in communities across the UK are continuing to mobilise and work towards the closest possible relationship with our European partners. It is a privilege to work alongside them”
Molly Scott Cato, former Green MEP said:
“The UK may have now left the European Union, but despite what Boris Johnson would like you to believe, Brexit isn’t done. With the Prime Minister threatening to walk away from trade negotiations if no agreement is reached by June, it is more important than ever that European Movement activists continue to urge the government to aim for a settlement that maintains the vital legal protections offered by our EU membership. I look forward to working with the European Movement’s network of campaigners across the country to help shape our future relationship with our friends in Europe.”
European Movement Chair Stephen Dorrell welcomed the new appointments, saying:
“We are thrilled to welcome Dominic and Molly to the European Movement National Council. They may come from different parties, but both are exceptional leaders who recognise the importance of maintaining strong ties with the European Union and its member states. Their voices will be a valuable asset to our organisation as we fight to ensure that Boris Johnson’s government is challenged to justify itself each time it takes a decision to deviate away from European values and norms.”