Joint Statement from the European Movement Conference in Edinburgh 4 December 2017

European Movement Wales today welcomed the meeting of European Movement National Councils from the islands of Ireland and Britain to discuss the impact of Brexit on these islands, their people and the nations we represent.

The event was hosted by European Movement Scotland in association with Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and held in The Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh.

In a joint statement issued following the event, European Movement National Councils from across the two islands said: “At the heart of our concerns is the lives of citizens.  Working together in Europe for over 40 years has put Europe at the centre of citizens’ lives, whether they are students, in business, or in other walks of life. It is important to ensure that the concerns and aspirations of citizens from all parts of these two islands are represented in the Brexit negotiations.”

“Today we once again committed to working together over the crucial coming weeks, months, and indeed years, to ensuring that the common issues faced by all our citizens are properly reflected in the debate.  We reconfirmed our agreement that it is essential that all parts of the two islands should continue to collaborate to do so.”

“The European Movement is about bringing Europeans together and therefore ensuring that every part of these two islands has a voice in the Brexit negotiations.”

Chair of European Movement Wales, Jayne Richmond said: “Working together, with our colleagues across the UK and Ireland, is essential to securing the best outcome for our citizens.”


Speakers who addressed the Two Islands: Brexit event in Edinburgh were:

  • Bill Rodger, European Movement in Scotland
  • Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP, Edinburgh West
  • Hilary Arrowsmith, European Movement UK
  • Remarks by Noelle O’Connell, European Movement Ireland
  • Remarks by Ian Parsley, European Movement Northern Ireland
  • Remarks by Jayne Richmond, European Movement Wales
  • Hans-Hartwig Blomeier, Konrad-Adenauer-StiftungYEM


Dear friends,

Join us this Saturday 4th of June for our rally in Swansea!

at Brangwyn Road – Guildhall Road South,  SA1 4, Swansea

There will be a coach taking us from Cardiff to Swansea- free of charge!

Book your tickets for free here:

The EU Referendum is on 23rd June and our future is on the line. This will be one the most important decisions in our country’s history.

Join us in SWANSEA at a LEADING NOT LEAVING RALLY with leading REMAIN supporters from all parties:

· Lord Paddy Ashdown – Former Leader of the Lib Dems

· Laura Sandys – Chair of European Movement UK

· Stephen Kinnock – Labour MP for Aberavon

· Lord Dafydd Wigley – Former Leader and MP for Plaid Cymru

· Chaired by Gywnoro Jones – Former Labour MP, Founding Member of the SDP and Member of the Council of Europe


We are looking forward to see you there!



The Young European Movement Society – University of South Wales (YEM -USW) in co-operation with Cardiff Young European Movement (CYEM) were extremely pleased to host a great event!

Our inaugural talk was given by David Melding AM.

David Melding is the Conservative AM for South Wales Central and Deputy Presiding Officer of the National Assembly for Wales and gave a talk about:

“The position of Wales within the European Union”

David is one of the Vice Presidents of the Welsh Council of the European Movement (WCEM).

It was a great honour and privilege for our university and our two groups to host a talk from such a high profile Pro-European Welsh politician.

The event took place at Atlantic House – University of South Wales.

David was introduced from the Chair of both groups Michael Arapis.

The talk was very informative and dealt with the history of the United Kingdom (UK) and Wales in particular throughout the period of its membership in the European Union (EU) and the challenges ahead.

Moreover, David took questions from the attendees that focused on the impending referendum and the consequences of a possible exit from the European Union. Furthermore, he addressed the concerns of the audience in regards to the legal status of citizens of other EU states that reside in the UK and what would be the positions of UK citizens residing in other member states in the occasion of a Brexit. Nevertheless, David and the members of the audience share the belief that the British people will vote to stay in the EU hence all these scenarios will not materialise.

Finally, our committee gave David a copy of the book “Princes of Wales” as a token of appreciation for his kindness to accept our invitation and visit our University for this talk.

We would like to thank all the people that attended and we are looking forward to see you all to our future events!

You can contact us on our facebook page where you can see photos of the event:

by emailing,

or alternatively, text/call  07414657351.

Our USW YEM committee:

Michael Arapis  – Chair

Nikolas Pitjiolis – Vice-Chair / Treasurer

Maria Athanasiou – Secretary