I’m British. So why am I standing for a seat in the European elections? | Graham Watson

I’m British. So why am I standing for a seat in the European elections? | Graham Watson

Despite Brexit, I still believe in the European project and as an Italian citizen I can play my part

I was a member of the European parliament for South West England from 1994 to 2014, including a seven-year stint as leader of an alliance of Liberal and Democrat parties. A decade later, I am standing once again, this time as an Italian citizen in the constituency of North East Italy.

I had not expected to be called out of a semi-retirement of teaching postgraduate students at the University of Toronto about the EU. In politics, however, when the call comes, one cannot say no. The offer to be the top candidate in this region for the new United States of Europe alliance is one I have taken up with gusto.

An version of this piece was published by EUReporter.

Graham Watson was a Liberal Democrat MEP from 1994 to 2014. He is running in the 2024 European parliament elections with the United States of Europe

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