Jonathan Fryer

Writer, Lecturer, Broadcaster and Liberal Democrat Politician

London 4 Europe

Posted by jonathanfryer on Monday, 2nd February, 2015

River ThamesEurope HouseLondon is without doubt Europe’s premier city, as well as being one of a handful of truly global cities. Its population has now topped 8.6 million and a third of the inhabitants were not even born in the UK, let alone in London. Immigration has been a large part of the secret of the UK capital’s success, including in recent years the inward migration of citizens of the 27 other EU member states, from France to Poland, Portugal to Greece. For Britain to leave the European Union would be a disaster for London, I believe, as many foreign businesses are here because it is a gateway to the rest of the EU, as well as having an attractive regulatory environment. So it is essential that there is a strong London voice to keep Britain in the EU, not least as there may be an IN/OUT referendum, in 2017 (according to PM David Cameron) or possibly even earlier. So I am delighted to be part of the relaunch of a London section of the European Movement — London 4 Europe — which will be campaigning hard to make the case for Europe, alongside the national European Movement, organisations such as British Influence and others. Earlier this evening I was elected a Vice-Chair of London4Europe, which will be operating on a cross-party basis, reaching out to voters and opinion-formers young and old. And even if the political parties may mainly be thinking in terms of national issues between now and the general election on 7 May, we will be helping to build a groundswell of opinion that will acknowledge the benefits of Britain’s EU membership and of cooperation with our European partners.

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