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We maintain that the UK, having left the EU, will have its best interests served by retaining a close as possible relationship with the EU, its peoples and its cultures. This site will serve as a bulletin board, a village pump, and information and interest exchange. The aim of this site it to keep alive our already close ties with the countries of Europe which, we maintain, were more easily facilitated when the UK was a member of the EU. We will also share any difficulties that arise from terminating membership and solutions to problems where they exist. Also, we will share advantages of leaving the union should they arise...

Our fight continues....
We are standing up for European rights, standards and values in the UK”

Breaking News ~ National Rejoin March Saturday 10th September, London

Rejoin march poster

Who knows what the national mood will be then or even our political system. But we need to push our noses forward, whatever.

The European Movement are supporting this, more details from them will emerge. We are planning to hire a coach (Come back Graham, all is forgiven).

Evolving details will be available on our website, as will a ticket purchasing button in due course.

We had a Zoom meeting with Professor Charlotte O'Brien of York University's Law School on Tuesday 14th June at 7.30 p.m. prompt.

Professor Charlotte O'Brien of York University's Law School

Title: The Brexit Hits the Fan

If you want to know more about the pitfalls and quagmires European nationals have to endure in the UK now, this is the definitive lecture. Brilliantly focussed and delivered this is both informative and startling....

Follow this link to see the full meeting on YouTube... https://www.yorkeuropean.uk/york4eu.html#charlotteob

We met our MP, Rachael Maskell, York Central on 12th May.

Rachael Maskell MP

In a passionate and hard-hitting talk, Rachael Maskell outlines the need for a new European order engendered by the war in Ukraine. The UK must urgently become part of a new European alliance in which we collaborate with our European friends to withstand the dangers posed to peace and democracy in Europe - this does not mean an immediate return to the EU, which itself is re-evaluating its form and purpose (Macron has been speaking of a “looser European alliance".). Inside the UK, we must oppose the increasing fascism of current Tory legislation. In particular, we must advertise the reality of the coming “Brexit Freedoms Bill” which will, despite its title, curtail our freedoms. Rachael advocates political parties working together in elections to defeat Conservative candidates and outlines the damage of Brexit on York from health and social care to small businesses to university research and cultural losses.

Follow this link to see the full meeting on YouTube... https://www.yorkeuropean.uk/york4eu.html#rmaskell

We met our Councillors on Zoom, 26th April

Representatives from all party groups of the York City Council were invited to take part. The Libdems, Labour and Greens took part.
Follow this link to see a recording of the discussion on YouTube.


demo in st helens square painting by Don Lodge

St Helen's Square 2022, Saturday 5th February. This is a composition oil painting from photos in our photo record by Don Lodge. It is on canvas measuring 24" x 20".
  This painting has now been sold - proceeds towards Ukrainian refugees coming to York. It may now be viewed at the Pyramid Gallery, Stonegate, York. Donations may be given there.

A show of Solidarity took place on Saturday 5th March 2022 at 2:30pm in St Helen's Square, York. It was led by Rachael Maskell MP for York Central. There were many moving testimonies and appeals in support the people of Ukraine. The need for our government to accept more refugees more easily was repeatedly stressed.

see our extensive photo record

Ukraine EU and UK flags

York’s statement of support for the people of Ukraine

The Russian military invasion of Ukraine in the past week is deeply concerning, with shocking images of civilian casualties and people fleeing to the borders. We are witnessing a humanitarian crisis in Europe that is escalating by the day.

The UK Government has announced that close family members of Ukrainians settled here will be allowed to come to the UK without meeting the normal entry requirements. In addition, it has announced (1 March) the establishment of the ‘Ukrainian Family Scheme’ for wider family members. Although we welcome these initiatives, visa restrictions should be waived for all Ukrainians fleeing war, not just for the few. We need to establish a sanctuary route that will allow the people of Ukraine to come to the UK with ease and speed.

York is proud to be a Human Rights City and a City of Sanctuary, and we stand together to offer our support to the Ukrainian people and welcome those who need our help in these terrible times.


  • York City of Sanctuary
  • Rachael Maskell, MP for York Central
  • Cllr Darryl Smalley, on behalf of City of York Council
  • Michael Smith, Acting Dean, York Minster
  • Dr Naseralla Jasim, President, York Mosque
  • Refugee Action York
  • York Human Rights City Network
  • Amnesty International York
  • York for Europe

For further information, contact :
Rebecca Russell, Communications Manager York City of Sanctuary


York University has twinned with Karazin Kharkiv National University, one of Ukraine’s most prestigious institutions, whose buildings are in ruins from shelling. Prof Saul Tendler, deputy vice-chancellor at York, says one of the Ukrainian university’s many worries is protecting its libraries and archive collections. “They tell us they are in damp basements now and that’s not great,” he says. “If they can get them out of the country, we will hold them in our repositories.

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In 2022, the University of Burgundy (in York’s twin city of Dijon), the University of York, and York St John University, are taking part in a research exchange programme. read more...

university of Burgundy
phone box in Dijon

We have discovered that there is an English telephone box in Dijon! It stands near the jardin Darcy and was a gift from the City York to its twin-city of Dijon many years ago

Chris Kyriacou Chair, York-Dijon Twinning Group

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