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  • 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)

  • Ukraine Events

    Following Russia's invasion of Ukraine the European Movement hosted a series of events that both discussed Europe's response to the crisis and also expressed our solidarity with the people of Ukraine.

    As part of this, the European Movement UK partnered with the Mayor of London and the Greater London Authority to organise a march through Central London which culminated in a rally in Trafalgar Square featuring a range of speakers including the Mayor of London, actress Emma Thompson, and Vitali Klitschko the Mayor of Kyiv.



    In addition to the event in Central London we organised panel discussions with key decision makers and influencers that included:

    • H.E. Sophie Katsarava MBE - Ambassador of Georgia to the UK
    • Kees Klompenhouwer - Former Dutch Ambassador to Ukraine
    • Reinhard Bütikofer - MEP (Germany)
    • Clare Moody - Former MEP (UK)
    • Olena Shevchenko - Ukrainian Human Rights and LGBT+ activist
    • Maryna Hovorukhina - A board member of Zmina, a Ukrainian Human Rights organisation
    • Tim Naor Hilton - CEO of Refugee Action
    • Kate Smart - CEO of Settled
    • Clare Moseley - Founder of Care4Calais
    • Ian Lucas - Author and former MP for Wrexham
    • Hardeep Matharu - Editor of Byline Times

    You can watch replays of our Ukraine livestreams here:

  • Grassroots Summit

    As an organisation that has its membership and activists at the heart of everything that it does, the European Movement organises regular grassroots summits. These are events where our members and activists can come together in a room to network, receive updates on European Movement campaigns, receive campaign training, and contribute to discussion about the future of the movement and its campaigns.

    They ensure that our movement is as strong and as prepared as possible for whatever the political landscape throws at us.

    Grassroots summits were held regularly in 2018-2019 during the People's Vote Campaign, and they resumed in 2022 following a break during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Party Conferences

    In 2022 the European Movement visited all of the major party conferences with the aim of increasing the reach and engagement of the movement, promoting our cross-party credentials, and recruiting more members and supporters.

    As a grassroots-led organisation, our volunteers and activists were central to our plans at all of the conferences with them helping us to operate exhibition stands, hand out leaflets, and maximise engagement with delegates.

    A highlight of the conference season can be found below.


    Taking place in Liverpool, the European Movement had a big presence at the Labour Party conference.

    The movement hosted several fringe events both inside the conference and in the city, and we had representatives speaking at other events. We also hosted a busy exhibition stand which engaged with hundreds of people throughout the conference.


    Stella Creasy speaking at one of our fringe events


    A packed auditorium at our labour panel event


    The EU Ambassador to the UK speaking at a European Movement fringe event.


    Engaging with Labour members at our exhibition stand

    Not only that but our Director of Communications, Pablo, was a featured guest on Politics Live on the final day of conference which highlighted the effect that our presence there had.


    At the Conservative Party Conference the European Movement hosted a busy fringe event in conversation with Lord Michael Heseltine and David Gauke.

    The event was extremely popular with photos seeming to indicate that we had more attendees than the official event taking place in the main hall at the same time.


    David Gauke and Lord Michael Heseltine speaking at a European Movement fringe event


    A packed room at a European Movement fringe event


    Taking place in Yorkshire, the Green Party conference saw us speak to hundreds of people at our exhibition stand and engage with party members on a range of European issues at two events - a European Movement fringe event and a panel discussion in the main hall.


    The European Movement exhibition stand at the Green Party conference


    Caroline Lucas and our CEO Anna Bird speaking in the main hall of the conference


    Molly Scott Cato and Zack Polanski speaking at a European Movement fringe event


    The European Movement had a presence at the Co-Operative Party conference in Leeds, where our local group Leeds for Europe hosted a stall telling delegates how we are in a Battle for the Soul of our Country due to Brexit.


    Unfortunately the Liberal Democrat party conference was cancelled due to the passing of HM Queen Elizabeth II, but the European Movement had a big presence planned including fringe events, networking, and an exhibition stand.


  • Big 4 Event

    On Tuesday 29th November, European Movement UK hosted ‘The Battle for the Soul of our Country: In Conversation with the Big 4’. 150 of our members and esteemed guests joined us at The Magic Circle, London, along with around 1,000 more joining virtually to hear from Lord Michael Heseltine, Sir Vince Cable, Caroline Lucas MP and Former MEP for London, Seb Dance. Hosting the evening was LBC’s esteemed Sangita Myska.

    The event promised an exploration of everything from Brexit to human rights, the economy to climate change, the progress we’ve made and the challenges we must still overcome, and it did not disappoint. The discussion ranged from immigration to the government's stance on Brexit, the relationship between still European and climate change with the cost-of-living crisis taking centre stage.  

    The event was a celebration of European Movement UKs cross-party relationships, to demonstrate that, despite four of Britain’s most senior and respected politicians having differing views on a plethora of issues, they are all united in the view that Brexit isn’t working and that only together can we reverse the calamity of Brexit and win the Battle for the Soul of our Country.


  • Panel Discussions

    At the European Movement UK we believe in facilitating discussion to highlight that nothing in politics is black and white. Most issues that we face, whether about Europe or something else, are complex and multi-dimensional and by presenting a range of viewpoints we can diversify our thinking on key issues.

    As a result panel discussions feature prominently in our programme of events, both as standalone events and as part of larger events such as our annual conference.

    In recent years we have featured prominent speakers at our panel discussions from across the UK and Europe, including:

    • Deborah Mattinson (Author of "Beyond The Red Wall")
    • Peter Kellner (Former President of YouGov)
    • Catherine Bearder (Former MEP and Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the European Parliament)
    • Charles Tannock (Former Conservative MEP)
    • Howard Goodall (Award-winning composer)
    • Femi Oluwole (Youth campaigner)
    • Dominic Grieve (Former Attorney General of England and Wales)
    • Jon Worth (Political blogger)
    • Molly Scott Cato (Former Green Party MEP)
    • Kate Smart (CEO of Settled)
    • Jess Murphy (Actress and musician)
    • Lord Andrew Adonis (Chair of the European Movement UK)

    ...and many more.

    Our most recent panel event centred on the Conference on the Future of Europe (COFOE). It outlined both a vision for the future of Europe and also how people from the UK can be involved in shaping that vision. Speaking at the event were Catherine Bearder, Charles Tannock, Richard Corbett, and Molly Scott Cato with the panel being introduced by Richard Morris, International Officer of the European Movement UK.

    You can watch a replay of that event below.



    To watch replays of some of our other panel discussions check out the page about our 2021 Virtual Conference.


  • Member Briefing Events

    As the UK's largest, and oldest, pro-European network we are powered by our members. They are the heart and soul of the European Movement UK and without them we couldn't continue our campaigns or our work to highlight that Brexit Isn't Working. We simply couldn't exist!

    For that reason we organise regular events that are exclusively for our members. Called Member Briefings they are designed to give our members access to decision makers and influencers that they may not otherwise be able to get. They run side by side with, and complement, our public events programmes.

    During COVID-19 these events have, sadly, taken place exclusively online but as the UK begins to open up again we will move these events into a hybrid format.

    As an example, please enjoy this video from the Member Briefing event with Dominic Grieve QC, former Attorney General for England and Wales.



    If you would like to join the European Movement UK, and be part of our growing movement, click "Join" in the menu at the top of the page. Membership starts from only £3 per month.

  • People's Vote Events

    The European Movement UK was a founding member of the People's Vote Campaign which ran during 2018-2019 and campaigned for a public vote on any Brexit Deal brought back from Brussels.

    Throughout the duration of the campaign events were organised that ranged in size from small community meetings to regional speaker events and even huge marches in Central London that had an estimated 1 million people taking part.

    Staff from the European Movement UK were central to the entire campaign, including the events, where they acted in roles including volunteer and logistics manager, event manager, and Assistant Organiser.




  • Lord Heseltine Inauguration

    In 2019 Lord Michael Heseltine, former Deputy Prime Minister of the UK, was unveiled as the President of the European Movement UK.

    Speaking to a crowd of European Movement members, Lord Heseltine gave an evocative account of our relationship with the continent and the political journey that brought him to identify both as a European and a patriot in his passion for the European project.

    The event took place in the historic Hoare Memorial Hall at Church House where Winston Churchill, the first President of the European Movement, gave many of his historic speeches during World War 2.

    You can listen to speeches by Lord Heseltine, Lord Andrew Adonis, Chair of the European Movement Stephen Dorrell, and local activist Helen Campbell below.

    The text of Lord Heseltine's speech was as follows:

    Throughout history people’s passions have been whipped up to emotional boiling point.

    Many fought and died for England’s seven Kingdoms.

    Who today can name them or remember that they were ultimately united at the edge of the sword by King Aethelstan a thousand years ago?  Wales was to follow, then Scotland and Ireland. 

    Yorkshiremen and Lancastrians fought the Wars of the Roses hundreds of years later.  If we weren’t fighting each other there were plenty of real foreigners to fight.  Italians, at the time called Romans, French, Spanish, Dutch and then most recently the Germans. 

    Across Europe the horror of repeated slaughter unleashed a demand that it must never happen again.  The European Movement was born.  In Churchill’s phrase jaw jaw not war war. 

    As a teenager I listened to that chorus. 

    As an undergraduate I joined my party to support it. 

    As a parliamentary candidate I argued for it. 

    We have enjoyed an unprecedented period of peace in Europe. We have created a Europe of parliamentary democracies. We have shared sovereignty because it is in our individual national interest so to do.

    I will never vote to risk, prejudice or undo the most civilised, constructive, peaceful initiation in the history of our continent.

    The Brexit case is a slickly packaged manifesto targeted at the most dangerous of human emotions. Nationalism and racialism. It is articulated with skilfully woven images of foreigners, immigrants and bureaucrats.

    Its critics are all dismissed contemptuously as out of touch elites.

    The speeches are easy, the priorities simple.  The reality is very different.

    That is the case repeated and reported with ever louder articulation designed to drown out the critical question.  Any enquiry about the detail is swept aside in a ramble of evasive generalisation.

    Take immigration, a word that has so often dripped from the lips of Nigel Farage. Ask the question: why has the British government done so little to exercise its sovereign power to control non European immigration? 

    Control is completely within our power.  Europe has no locus, no interest in forcing us to take immigrants from India and the Caribbean – or indeed American and Australia.

    The answer is, of course, that we need them.

    Our public services depend on immigrants.  Visit a doctor’s surgery, a hospital, a University, an old peoples’ home and start counting.  Today most immigrants come from outside the European Union.  We are grateful for the immense contribution they make to our country.

    Nationalism should never be confused with patriotism.  I am a European because I want this country to stride the corridors of World power, sit at the top tables, be there where the action is.  I am a European because I am a patriot.  I have never met a Frenchman, German, Italian or any of the other 24 citizens of Europe who were otherwise. 

    But I know something of what crude nationalism has done before.

    And I see it happening again to our country in our own time.

    Just consider for a minute the price we are already paying for Brexit, even before we have left.

    Our industrial and commercial community deprived of the critical information on which to make its investment decisions.

    My adult life has been occupied by the high octane excitement of public life the stimulation of the private enterprise world and the therapy of a garden into which I would escape.

    I know something of the thrills and spills of the enterprise world.  You win some, you lose some hopefully the balance is on the right side.  What turns investors into gamblers is uncertainty.  Brexit has overshadowed the workplaces of our country with impenetrable clouds of uncertainty.  What serious decision can rational men and women take when faced now with a political crisis to which there is no end in sight.  For the small business people and the self employed it is their savings, their livelihood that is at stake.  For managers and directors they are the trustees of this companies fortunes in which are invested the nation’s savings.

    They want and are entitled to answers that sweep away those clouds.  Until they get them they will sit on their hands, delay decisions, adopt survival strategies.  The enterprise culture with Brexit round its throat is what Mr Farage has achieved.

    I admire the men and women charged with great commercial and industrial responsibilities whose warnings fill increasingly foreboding headlines.  Plants closed, investment cancelled or delayed, jobs lost and offices moved to the continent all point in on direction.

    We face a future of unprecedented potential.  Change is happening in a way my generation and others a great deal younger hardly appreciate.

    Brexit’s supporters argue for a wave of deregulation.  I have spent my life fighting to create a climate of opportunity for the private sector.  I think I have privatised more than any one single Minister.  As a businessman I know something of the irritation of regulatory obfuscation. 

    But I also know however something of the way the world works.

    I know that the battle for world technological supremacy is driven by the massive defence, space and academic research programmes of  the United States, China and a range of increasingly rich nations.  Europe together in partnership can compete in this league in a way a nation of our size cannot.  Of course private enterprise plays a critical role in exploiting and spreading the benefits into every aspect of our life.  The lifeblood fuelling the competition however are the resources and purpose of the state.

    I know also that regulations are the building blocks of civilisation and protect all of us from that tiny number of our fellow citizens who will do anything for a quick buck.

    Regulations set standards safety, health, environment and a great swathe of modern life. 

    They create great new opportunities of the future.

    These regulations, these interventions, into the market will enable us to meet the towering challenges of modern times be it climate change, or automation, the refuges problem or the rise of transnational corporations so powerful that they can defy governments and transcend borders.

    All these challenges can best be met by nations joining together. All these challenges have been and are being addressed by the European Union.  So why do the Brexiteers never give lists of the changes they want to make?  There is one simple answer.  Such detail would expose their real agenda with the threat it poses to standards most people treasure. 

    I have been much criticised for refusing to support Brexit.

    What is it you want me to do: to betray everything I’ve believe all my adult life?

    To explain why every Conservative PM except the last one was wrong?  And even she was right in the Referendum itself!

    Am I to leave the young generation go hang?

    Or is it that I should stay silent?

    To wait for Conservative Control Office to send me a little blue book, thumb through the index under Europe and read out the party line?

    I can think of a party that does believe that.  And it does begin with a C.  But it is not the Conservative party I know and to which I have devoted my life.

    For many people who support Brexit, the European election results this week were a verdict on the failure of the Conservative Party Government’s failure to deliver promises made in the last referendum.

    If we’ve learnt anything over the past year it must be that we now know that we cannot enjoy all the rights of being a member of the EU with none on the responsibilities that necessarily go with it.  The heady, if intellectually incoherent, claim that we can have our cake and eat it has ended up choking the mother of Parliament itself.

    The consequence is that there has been no stable majority in Parliament or the country for any specific way of leaving the EU but the Prime Minister is leaving Downing Street, the Government is paralysed and fearful, the domestic agenda is frozen by Brexit, the rest of the world looks on aghast and the Conservatives – what are they doing? They are beginning a summer contest to pick a new leader.

    I fear both the process and the result will be one that I, together with many of the five million Conservatives who voted to stay in the European Union at the last referendum, do not like.

    Indeed, the prospect of a new Prime Minister being chosen by perhaps little more than 100,000 Conservative Party members in the current circumstances fills me with dread.

    There will be an arms race in which candidates vie against each other for who can be the most Faragiste.

    This will then be followed by the sight of a new Prime Minister heading to Brussels armed with a mandate from the party to rip up the Withdrawal Agreement and remove the backstop - even though Theresa May had expressly promised when we secured the extension of Article 50 that the British government would do no such thing.

    When this effort fails, as it must and will, the new Prime Minister will find the maths in Parliament against agreeing any form of Brexit are unchanged.

    The new leader will then face a choice.

    Find new words for the same old song. Decide to follow in the invidious tradition of his predecessors blame the EU for the failure of Britain’s Brexit process and then seek to run the clock down to a default No Deal departure from the EU.

    Such a decision, which would deny either Parliament or the people a say on a No Deal outcome that neither wants, would be nothing short of a democratic and constitutional outrage.  Parliament will not let it happen.

    If successful, the consequences for businesses, for young people and for the integrity of the United Kingdom itself would rightly be hung around the neck of the Conservative Party for a generation to come.

    Some will say the new leader could choose to call a General Election or perhaps have one forced upon them after losing a Vote of Confidence. But, with Brexit unresolved and MR Farage still marching through England, would any rational Conservative MP want to fight an election now?

    The consequence would either in any case be a Tory led or Corbyn led minority hung Parliament that would settle nothing, or an alliance between the Conservative Party – the party of Disraeli, Churchill, Macmillan and Thatcher – in alliance with and captured by the narrow nationalism and phobic politics of Nigel Farage.

    Neither course of action is desirable. Neither will solve this Brexit crisis. Neither will bring about the lasting settlement we need.

    I warned my party that millions of its traditional supporters feel as strongly as I do.  I do not need to repeat the warning.  Two recent tests of public opinion in the local and European elections have turned that warning into a fact.  I say to my party this:

    Turn yourselves into branch offices of Brexit if you wish.  But if you do so, you are on your own.  Those upon whom you depend to win power in a general election will not come back.  Good luck.  Goodbye.

    The European election results were not just a verdict on the Conservative Party, however.

    They were a damning verdict on Labour’s failure on this, the great issue of our times.

    Just as I voted Liberal Democrat for the first time in my life because I will not vote to make this country poorer and less powerful, many millions of Labour people voted for parties that gave full, unqualified backing for a People’s Vote.

    They, like me with the Conservatives, will not be going home to the Labour Party until this issue is resolved. Their supporters will not come back. 

    I’m not used to giving advice to Jeremy Corbyn but it is obvious to me, as much as it is obvious to his closest allies in the Shadow Cabinet, that he needs to reconnect as a matter of urgency with the overwhelming majority of his voters.

    Indeed, contrary to some of the more excitable parts of the media, these European elections were NOT a mandate for Nigel Farage’s plan to crash out of the EU with no trade or security deal at all.

    There was no mandate for this humiliating No Deal Brexit in 2016 - when it was barely discussed and people like Mr Farage were talking about how easy it would be to get a deal.

    It would be a gross mis-reading of him now winning 32% of the vote in a low turnout election to conclude there is a majority now for the crash-out Brexit he wants to inflict on the British people.

    The five firmly pro-European parties - the Liberal Democrats, the Greens, the SNP, Change UK and Plaid Cymru - won many more votes than the Brexit Party and UKIP combined.

    At the heart of the Brexit case is the future of the United Kingdom.  A new place in the world, opportunities to grasp, glory reborn.  The easy speech for the cynical opportunist.

    Last Sunday revealed a very different, very chilling glimpse of reality.  There is now a real prospect that Brexit would break the United Kingdom.

    In Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland that is the only credible interpretation of the polls.

    Today, I want to appeal to every sensible Conservative MP, to potential leadership candidates, even to the Labour leader not to force Brexit upon us now.

    I ask them to stand up, to speak out for our democratic right to have our say on Brexit.

    Whether you want to leave the EU or to stay in, the only way to unlock the Brexit process in parliament, the only way secure a stable majority in Parliament, the only way to legitimise the outcome so we can build a lasting settlement in the country is to join give the people the final say.

    If we get that final say referendum, I know we must win the case to stay in the European Union.

    But I also believe we can, and we will.

    The great irony is that today, in the midst of a crisis about Britain leaving the European Union, Britain’s pro-Europeans have finally found their voice again.

    I marched with a million voices to Parliament Square two months ago.

    They are the powerful voice in favour of Europe anywhere in Europe.

    We now belong to a great army covering every region and nation of our great country.

    We can now genuinely be described as a European Movement.

    We know that the inspiration for the European Movement lies in the horrors of three European wars in seventy five years. 

    We know what purpose we have today. 

    Our purpose remains crystal clear. 

    We stand for a stable, peaceful Europe.

    We stand for a union of Parliamentary democracies.

    We stand for a continent of shared resources thus empowered to play a full and equal role in the modern world.

    We stand for those who believe that there are obligations inspired by our relative prosperity.

    Join us. 

  • Europe Day Webinar 2020

    Europe Day is held on 09 May every year to celebrates peace and unity in Europe. The date marks the anniversary of the "Schuman declaration" which proposed a new form of political cooperation in Europe, where war between Europe's nations would be unthinkable. This proposal is widely considered to be the the start of the journey towards what is now the European Union.

    The European Movement UK had big plans for Europe Day 2020, including our usual network of community picnics and a big speaker event, but unfortunately COVID-19 rendered those plans obsolete. To replace those plans we were happy to welcome a selection of VIP speakers to a webinar which attracted hundreds of attendees to discuss both the EU and the UK's future relationship with it.

    Speakers at the event were:

    • João Vale de Almeida, European Union Ambassador to the UK
    • Terry Reintke MEP, MEP for Germany.
    • Stephen Dorrell, Chair of European Movement UK
    • Dominic Grieve, former Attorney General and MP.

    The event was introduced by Hugo Mann, interim CEO of the European Movement UK, and featured a Q&A moderated by Scott Daniells our Outreach and Events Manager.

    You can watch a replay of the event below, with further information about the speakers being found at the bottom of the page.



    More information about our speakers


    João Vale de Almeida
    European Union Ambassador to the UK

    João Vale de Almeida is a senior European Union diplomat who is currently the first Ambassador of the European Union to the United Kingdom. Prior to this he was EU Ambassador to the United Nations (from 2015 to 2019), and EU Ambassador to the United States of America (from 2010 to 2014), having previously worked for the European Commission since 1982. João Vale de Almeida is Portuguese; he was born in Lisbon in 1957


    Terry Reintke MEP
    Member of the European Parliament (Germany)

    Terry Reintke is a Member of the European Parliament from Germany. She is currently a Vice President of The Greens–European Free Alliance group, and from from 2011 to 2013 she was the spokesperson of the Federation of Young European Greens. Terry was instrumental in establishing the European Parliament's EU-UK Friendship Group.


    Stephen Dorrell
    Chair of European Movement UK

    A Member of Parliament over 35 years (1979-2015), Stephen served two Prime Ministers in positions that included Lord Commissioner of the Treasury, Secretary of State for Heritage, and Secretary of State for Health. He was been Chair of European Movement UK from 2016 - 2020.


    Dominic Grieve QC
    Former Attorney General and MP

    Dominic Grieve served as the Member of Parliament for Beaconsfield from 1997 to 2019, as Shadow Home Secretary from 2008 to 2009, before being appointed Attorney General for England and Wales and Advocate General for Northern Ireland from May 2010 to July 2014, attending Cabinet. Dominic is a leading supporter of European Movement UK.