Pan-European party Volt fields UK candidate in EU elections
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The leader of a grassroots pan-European political party is to stand in the EU elections as a candidate for London.
Andrea Venzon, is set to compete as the party's eighth candidate Europe-wide.
Brexit was the trigger that prompted Venzon to found Volt, he explained.
'Pro-Europeans are suffering in the UK, and we have one message for them: we are one people, and we stand by each other,' he said.
'Volt is the best choice for British people to retain their voice in Europe.
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'And we will keep on fighting till the end to bring the UK back into the EU.'
With over 25,000 suppporters across Europe, Volt has adopted a grassroots participatory structure in which citizens can propose and amend policies that could be tabled by the party in the European Parliament - even if we leave the EU.
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'In other words, citizens of the UK will still be able to influence EU politics through Volt,' said a spokesperson.
For the elections the party stands on its central programme outlined in its Amsterdam declaration, whose statements are broadly pro-EU and socially progressive, but call for greater transparency and a stronger connection between EU citizens and their representatives.
Volt's chapters in the EU have proposed candidates in Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Luxembourg, Spain, Sweden and the