Notes on the French and British Elections

The result of the first round of the French Presidential election has provoked mixed feelings in YEM UK, but also a common sense of purpose, which relates both to France’s second round, and to the UK’s own General Election on June 8th. Firstly, we should say that we count in our membership a good many Read more about Notes on the French and British Elections[…]

Statement on the Snap General Election Announcement

YEM UK Press Release – June 8th Snap Election: Today we learned in a announcement from Theresa May that the UK will undergo a snap General Election on Thursday 8th June 2017. First of all, we should highlight that like many we were taken by surprise by the announcement. The more so because the Prime Read more about Statement on the Snap General Election Announcement[…]

Fighting for Academic Freedom

By Chris Powers, UK President Fighting for academic freedom as part of a truly ‘European’ network Many of you will have no doubt seen and heard about the passing of a bill in Hungary that has the effect of restricting its best higher education institution, the Central European University, from operating. Some of you will Read more about Fighting for Academic Freedom[…]

FC Report: Rome 2017

Escaping Brexit Britain for a few days, our representatives at the JEF Federal Committee in Rome made sure to make the most of their time, brandishing flags, voting for change and chatting with our continental friends. With all national JEF sections represented, the latest bi-annual statutory meeting took place in Italy’s historic capital, organised by Read more about FC Report: Rome 2017[…]

EGM Presidential By-Election

As a result of  Liam McDonald resigning from his position of UK President with six months left in the term, we are holding a by-election for his position. As specified in the emails sent to our members, manifestos were called for and the result will be announced on 1st April, 2017. An electronic voting system Read more about EGM Presidential By-Election[…]

Pigeon Chess: Why Arguing With the Brexit Brigade Just Won’t Work

By Anna Wilson, UK Communications Officer In an age of Brexit, the refugee crisis, “post truth” and sensationalist media, never has the term “pigeon chess” been more appropriate. Arguing with the irrational – as is now so often the case – is like attempting to play the game with a bird: no matter how clever Read more about Pigeon Chess: Why Arguing With the Brexit Brigade Just Won’t Work[…]

Civic Tech Seminar, Edinburgh

YEM UK was pleased to join our friends JEF Europe to host the first seminar of 2017, “Discovering Civic Tech” in Edinburgh! The 5-day event saw participants from all over Europe join local YEMers to discuss the pros and cons, challenges and future of technology and democracy in Europe. As part of a series of Read more about Civic Tech Seminar, Edinburgh[…]

More than anything, Britain needs Remoaners

By Juuso Järviniemi “Get over it, don’t you realise that you lost!?” “Remoaners trying to stop us from exercising the will of the British people!” It’s not easy to be a Remainer with an opinion in Brexit Britain. As Theresa May’s government is pulling Britain out of not only the European Union but, it seems, Read more about More than anything, Britain needs Remoaners[…]

Reflections of a heartbroken Euroholic

By Georgia Bachti, YEM UK Treasurer   From scaremongering and elitism to loss of touch with the public and blind submission to corporate interests, the Remain side became the target of various accusations in the months leading up to the referendum. When engaging with them, Remainers passionately rejected them as dishonest communication ploys. The morning Read more about Reflections of a heartbroken Euroholic[…]

Musings on Brexit by Liam Mcdonald

By Liam McDonald   On the 24th June I wrote to my branches in Scotland to express my devastation and my pain as well as my personal gratitude for their hard work throughout the campaign. This was certainly not a situation I had anticipated on the night of the count. As we now wander through Read more about Musings on Brexit by Liam Mcdonald[…]

Turn Up the Volume: Time to Get Involved

Voted Bremain? Still want your voice heard? It’s time for us to turn up the volume. By joining YEM UK for just £5 a year, yo have the chance to work together with great people, travel the continent and shape the Europe of the future. We’re still European, and so are you, so what are Read more about Turn Up the Volume: Time to Get Involved[…]

Statement on the “Leave” Vote of the EU Referendum: Still European

Young European Movement UK Press Release – Leave Result of the EU Membership Referendum 24th June 2016 Following the announcement this morning that the United Kingdom has voted to leave the European Union, the Young European Movement UK wishes to make the following statement on behalf of our organisation and its members. Being an active, Read more about Statement on the “Leave” Vote of the EU Referendum: Still European[…]

QOTM: How can one person make a difference – the first follower by Chris Powers:

One person can always make a difference, but the one person I want to focus on is not the idealistic hero that people always focus on, but the loyal first follower.  I watched a really very good TEDTalk on the idea of the First Follower, and the video is embedded just below: Basically, for any movement to Read more about QOTM: How can one person make a difference – the first follower by Chris Powers:[…]

June QOTM: Victory of the Yes Vote in the EU Referendum

By YEM St Andrews What will happen following the victory of the Yes vote in the EU referendum? A probable (although altogether uncertain) victory for the “Yes” campaign in the European referendum would hardly alter the political topography of the British establishment: there will still be ardently Eurosceptic Conservatives and UKIP’s fate will be unchanged Read more about June QOTM: Victory of the Yes Vote in the EU Referendum[…]

June QOTM: Victory of the Yes Vote in the EU Referendum

By Chris Powers – YEM UK International Officer What will happen following the victory of the Yes vote in the EU referendum? It is without doubt that the UK will vote to remain in the EU, and this is obviously good news for us in so far as we are not slicing off our nose Read more about June QOTM: Victory of the Yes Vote in the EU Referendum[…]

Why Remain?

By Tim Otway – Treasurer In celebration of Europe Day and to mark the common EU <3 UK action, what is the best reason for people residing in the UK to love the EU? (no limits on quirkiness) By Tim Otway from YEM Warwick This month we were fortunate enough to welcome our university’s Chancellor Read more about Why Remain?[…]