A senior member of Liberal International issued an appeal at an April 24 congress of Bulgaria’s Movement for Rights and Freedoms for them to lobby friends in the United Kingdom against Brexit in the June 23 referendum.
The MRF, an opposition party and the third-largest in Bulgaria’s National Assembly, is a member of the EU-level liberal ALDE group and of Liberal International.
Robert Woodthorpe Brown, Liberal International’s treasurer and chairperson of its international relations committee, told the congress that the Lib Dems were working very hard – harder than the other two parties, he said, a reference to the Tories and Labour – against a vote by the UK to leave the European Union.
He said that his party had tried and failed to get the voting age in the Brexit referendum lowered to 16, because young people should have a say in their European future, and the issue should not be decided by “old people who remember a Britain that never existed”.
He added that his party also had tried and failed to get the right to vote in the referendum for EU citizens resident in the UK, including Bulgarians, because the outcome would affect their freedom of movement.
He called on the MRF as “fellow liberals” to contact friends and colleagues in the UK to appeal to those who could vote in the referendum to vote for the Remain camp.