On Saturday (25th March) Stephen Williams and Liberal Democrat members from Bath, Bristol and South Gloucestershire gathered in central London to show their support for the EU.
The march, organised by Unite for Europe, began at Park Lane and ended outside Parliament. It was timed to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome. The Treaty established the European Economic Community, which has since become the European Union.
Stephen Williams and the West of England Lib Dems added their voices to the collective call to keep Britain in the single market, to guarantee EU citizens a right to stay in the UK, to protect science and research funding, to save the Erasmus scheme, to continue to work with our EU neighbours to combat climate change and tackle cross-border crime and to protect all workers’ rights.
Both Bath and Bristol voted overwhelmingly in the referendum last year to remain in the EU.
Speaking after the march, Stephen Williams said:
“I am standing to be the first regional mayor of the West of England, a role similar to the Mayor of London, with plans to improve the cost of public transport, to increase the number of quality affordable homes and to help boost jobs and prosperity across the region. But this election is also a unique opportunity for all those disappointed by the referendum result to back the only party that has consistently championed Britain’s membership of the EU.
“I respect the outcome of the referendum, but I have not changed my view that Britain is better in Europe and I will continue to make that case. Never have we needed more a party that looks outward, not inward. A party that sees the best in people, not the worst. A party that believes our future lies in playing a full and active part in the world, not in retreating behind the barricades of a mythical Little England that never was.
“I am proud that I was joined by so many Lib Dem activist and supporters at the Unite for Europe March. We have proved once again that we are the only real voice of opposition to a government intent on pushing for a painful, hard Brexit and on 4th May voters will have a clear choice between me and the inexperienced, Brexit-defending Tory candidate.”