Graham Watson MEP

Liberal Democrat Member of the European Parliament for South West England and Gibraltar

A local champion with an international reputation

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Standing up for Gibraltar in Parliament

Sakharov Prize for freedom still necessary after 20 years

It is with great relief that Graham Watson, President of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats in the European Parliament, and Marielle de Sarnez, ALDE Vice-President, learned of the wise decision of French Socialist Party members to back the draft constitutional Treaty in an internal referendum. ALDE welcomes this democratic result which has shown that, beyond legitimate concerns on the course of current policies, French Socialists are aware that the pursuit of deepening of European construction constitutes a non-partisan national priority. ALDE now invites all political forces favourable to the ratification of the Constitution to mobilise in favour of a "yes" vote in the national referendum campaign.