The Liberal Democrats in Liverpool supported the rally at St George's Hall last night, 5th July 2016, calling on Liverpool to come together after the EU referendum.
In Liverpool, 58% of voters chose to remain a member of the European Union. The Liberal Democrats were at the forefront of the remain campaign and are committed to standing on a pro-EU platform at the next General Election.
Speaking at the rally, Cllr Richard Kemp CBE, said:
“Last time I addressed a meeting on the steps of St George’s Hall it was with a crowd who had gathered at very short notice to reflect on the Paris massacres the day before. We met because we as a major European City wanted to show our support for another major European City. Nothing has changed that. We are still here; still European and still needing to trade and work with other parts of Europe. Our job must be to minimise changes to protect the jobs and culture of our European City Region.
We must send the message out from Liverpool to the World that we are not a small minded, backward looking City but a world trader and a world entity that is open for business and looking for international partnerships.
Whether you have come here from Paris or Berlin; from Spain or Italy; from Poland or Sweden if you choose to make your commitment to this City by working and living here we will choose to working alongside you and fight alongside you to remain here in our City.
But our message goes wider than Europe. For centuries people from other countries have come here, settled here and contributed to the development of our city. If you care about our City and want to live here and contribute to our growth and good fortune you are very welcome.
Our City has been enriched by the Jews who fled from the pogroms of Eastern Europe and provided us with 6 Lord Mayors; and by the Chinese who first came here as merchant traders 200 years ago. It has been enriched by the Doctors and medical professionals who keep our health services going from the Indian sub-continent and now from Africa. It has been enriched by the seamen from Nigeria and Ghana who liked what they saw and stayed. It has been enriched by the Irish who came here during the famines and at one time made up 40% of our City. It has been enriched by the Poles whose grandparents came here during World War 2 as they fled from fascism and turned to fight alongside the generation of my mother and father in the war in which were victorious.
International Liverpool must send out the message that we are open for business and are internationally minded. Inside the City we must send out the message that we are a vibrant and tolerant multi-racial and multi-cultural city whose communities will not be divided by hate crime against any group of our citizens all of whose individuals are welcome here in our wonderful city."