After Brexit

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We want to hear your ideas about how we can strengthen and develop understanding between the UK and Germany, so that you can contribute to this discussion and inform the future work of the FES London and other forums for these relations.

In this form you have to opportunity to send us your ideas and suggestions on how to foster British-German relations after Brexit. Some inspiring ideas will be published on this website, if agreed upon by the sender to instigate further thinking. If you agree, we will be happy to contact you regarding your idea if we have questions or comments. By filling in the form you give FES consent to use the submitted data as specified. This consent can be revoked at any time.

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Ideas already received

  • After Brexit

    Idea from Achim Post, Member of the Bundestag and General-Secretary of the PES:

    Between France and Germany there is the great example of the Franco-German youth organization. After Brexit, one should probably also think about a British-European youth organization and thus enable the youth, who voted with an overwhelming majority to remain in the EU, to continue a close and friendly exchange.
  • After Brexit

    Another idea we already received:

    Sport can play an important role in fostering German-British relations, as  it has succeeded in building bridges several times in different historical contexts. In addition, cultural policy will be a connecting bilateral element.
  • After Brexit

    Idea from Michael Miebach, Chair of Das Progressive Zentrum:

    In addition to intensifying existing formats, a new institution similar to the Atlantik-Brücke could be created that bundles different levels of relationships, for example in different subgroups or working groups.
  • After Brexit

    Idea from Ben Bradshaw, Member of Parliament:

    The UK government should ensure cultural exchange programs, initiate bilateral exchange programs and boost German language teaching in schools. Public broadcasting in both countries could play a role in fostering the relations .
  • After Brexit

    Idea from Michael Roth, Minister of State for Europe and Member of the Bundestag:

    I would like to see a much closer exchange between the Bundestag and the House of Commons. I am thinking, for example, of mutual visits by specialist committees, opportunities for exchange for employees of the Bundestag and the House of Commons, joint guest programs, etc. 
  • After Bexit

    Idea from Dr. Katharina Karcher, Senior Lecturer in German at University of Birmingham:

    We need funding for initiatives in both countries that seek to challenge the negative stereotypes evoked during the Brexit campaign.
  • After Brexit

    Idea from Hollie Wickens, International Officer Young Fabians:

    Video conferencing tools should be used to improve parliamentary dialogue. Through the use of Select Committees in the UK Parliament and Bundestag, for example by inviting MdBs to give evidence and vice versa through Zoom.
  • After Brexit

    Idea from Hilary Benn, Member of Parliament:

    We need a close coooperation between Parliaments, with regular exchanges, and between sister political parties and trade unions. 
  • After Brexit

    Idea from Dr. Katharina von Ruckteschell-Katte, Institute Director Goethe Institute London:

    Numerous cultural institutions in the UK are actively networking internationally, as culture is at a risk of dying from lack of cultural exchange. Establishing connections, networking and transferring information are extremely valuable in these times.  Specifically institutions and organisations outside of London should be supported. They can make crucial contributions to counteracting the strong division in British society.
  • After Brexit

    Idea from Mari Mittelhaus, Director Deutsch-Britische Gesellschaft e.V.

    Personal exchange (especially targeted to pupils, students and youth encounters) should have priority.
  • After Brexit

    Idea from Christoph Matschie, Member of the Bundestag:

    We must use all existing formats from town twinning and exchange programs to regular dialogue with the political parties in order to stay in touch and develop ideas together.
  • After Brexit

    Idea from Daniel Tetlow, Co-Founder British in Germany e.V.

    German authorities could realise an opportunity in better recognising and mobilising dual citizen status in Germany, that in the case of dual British/German citizens, has grown exponentially since the Brexit referendum. This new British European identity is a long term mutual investment in German-British-European relations.
  • After Brexit

    Idea from Bernd Lange, Member of the European Parliament:

    Partnerships between the German state parliaments and regional parliaments in the UK should be used and strengthened. We must not forget: the Kingdom is not just made up of Brexit supporters. We can already see what wounds the vote has left in pro-European regions and also in the border areas in Northern Ireland. Political contact must be maintained there.
  • After Brexit

    Idea from Dr. Ulrich Hoppe Managing Director German-British Chamber of Industry and Commerce:

    Maintaining and fostering dialogue is key, especially for the next generation in business and society. Student exchange programmes and international internship programmes must not only be continued but significantly enhanced.
  • Idea from Matt Bristow, Steering Committee member British in Germany e.V.

    Return the previous automatic right to keep one’s original citizenship when naturalising as British / German. This right currently only applies in German law to those with EU or Swiss citizenship - though the law contains a provision that makes it possible to extend right this by international treaty.

    Allowing British-German dual citizenship again would both enable and encourage greater civic and democratic participation for a group of the citizens who in both their personal and professional lives are best placed to strengthen ties and improve understanding between Germany and the UK.
  • Idea from Connor Lee, self-employed musician

    Musicians exchange. This can take the form of a dual tour involving a 'gig swap' between the two countries. A 'gig-swap' is when a two bands from different cities make an agreement, that when one visits the others city, they will perform as an opening act for the host, and visa versa. This is how a lot of bands are able to tour and build their audiences. We can take this smaller model and apply it to a larger tour for groups of musicians. These can be up and coming bands or solo acts. Britain can host German bands for a series of dates for a couple of weeks across the country, then a few months later Britain can visit Germany, being opening acts for the same acts which visited Britain. One of the main advantages of this idea is that the music performances can help pay for this exchange, and can be carried out in a way which is beneficial and fair for all. We could integrate cultural tourism into these tours in a number of ways. Visitors can go to museums, national parks and monuments, to see the city, and to experience the local cuisine.

    The music exchange is a means for groups of young people to meet people from another country in their industry, to travel, to experience, and to learn from one another about music and many other things. One of the industries being hit hard by Brexit is the music and entertainment industry. Free movement for musicians has been limited just like other sectors. A strengthening of a link between Britain and Germany could offer musicians a window. Through music, young people can forge connections with people and places between the two countries, which have a proud history of musical interchange. They can be ambassadors for a future of cooperation between the two countries.

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