On 23rd June, West Berkshire voted to Remain in the European Union.

West Berkshire for Europe, formally West Berkshire Stronger Together, was founded after the EU referendum by local people, who had campaigned together to stay in the EU. Disappointed by the national result, we wanted to continue the inclusive collaboration from our campaign, which saw people from all political parties and none working together for the greater good.

This website will signpost you to information on what is happening nationally and locally in response to Brexit and detail the impact for people in West Berkshire. It will also give you the opportunity to voice your opinions and share your stories.

Newbury Town Council back People’s Vote

On the 24th September, West Berkshire for Europe received the following statement from Hugh Peacocke, Chief Executive Officer of Newbury Town Council:

“At an extraordinary meeting of Newbury Town Council it was resolved that this Council:

1)            Believes that the UK should remain in the EU.

2)            Will write to the People’s Vote campaign and West Berkshire for Europe to declare support for a ‘People’s Vote’ referendum on the final Brexit outcome to be held as long as Article 50 has not been revoked. This final say referendum should include an option to remain in the EU.”

Peter Norman, Co-ordinator of West Berkshire for Europe, said in response:

“It is hugely encouraging, that Newbury Town Council recognises the enormity of the potential damage to local businesses and opportunities for individuals in our community that will be lost were we to leave the EU.

As an organisation we recognise, however flawed, the result of the Referendum in 2016, but moreover the promises made to secure the result.  

We now have in government the leaders of the Leave campaign, who are directly accountable for ensuring the promises that they made at that time are upheld.  Failure to do so would be a huge betrayal of the British People and in such circumstances we believe it is only right that the people should be given another vote, both on what the government can deliver but also with a Remain option.

As such we will continue to campaign for another referendum and are delighted that we now have the Town Council support in doing this.”

People’s March for our Future

Saturday 21 September 2019, 10.30-1, Falkland Memorial, opposite Monument Place, Wash Common, Newbury RG14

We will be marching on Saturday 21st September through Newbury – where two Civil War battles occurred – to defend our Parliamentary Democracy against the threat that this Government’s Brexit plan poses.

You can meet us at one of two places:

1) We will initially gather at the Falkland Memorial in Wash Common at 10.30, or

2) you can join us in the Market Place in Newbury at 12 noon.

From the Market Place, we will walk to Victoria Park for speeches, once we have handed in a Summons to our MP to keep fighting for Parliament and against No Deal!

Defend Democracy: Say No to BoJo!

Saturday 31 August, 12 noon, Newbury Market Place

Please join us on Saturday to march through Newbury in protest against Boris Johnson’s decision to prorogue Parliament.

We will congregate in the Market Place in Newbury at 12 noon and walk to the Clock Tower, where speeches will be given.

West Berkshire Stronger Together changes its name

West Berkshire Stronger Together has decided to change it’s name to West Berkshire for Europe.

Commenting on the name change Peter Norman, the group’s Co-ordinator said: “Our group campaigned to stay in the EU under the banner of “West Berkshire Stronger Together” and following the disappointing outcome of the 2016 Referendum we vowed to continue to make people aware of the benefits of the EU membership and to expose the true cost of Brexit.

“Since then through our interactions with people via our street stalls and doorstep campaigning it is clear that more people are coming round to agree with us, although there remain those who are equally passionate about leaving the EU on the 29th March.

“Our cause was boosted when last year, on the 26th October, the largest peace time demonstration since the Iraq War took place where over 700,000 people took to the streets of London, including many people from West Berkshire, demanding the final say on whether we adopt whatever terms are negotiated with the EU. And on the 23rd March there promises to be an even larger demonstration of people anxious about a catastrophic crash out of the EU, and demanding a Peoples Vote on the final deal.

“In recognition that we are no longer an isolated local campaign group we have decided to adopt the for Europe tag to show our solidarity with other grassroots organisations both within Berkshire and nationally. We hope the name change will help like minded people to find and join our rapidly expanding supporter base and to contact us to find out our plans for the National March on the 23rd March.”

Peter went on to say “If you care about our country’s future then come and join us on the march. We are meeting on 23rd March at 9.45am at Newbury Train Station, 9.50am at Thatcham and 9.55am at Theale.”

For existing supporters don’t worry our contact details remain the same and you can find us under our existing twitter and facebook handles as well as at https://westberkshirestrongertogether.eu

Peter M Norman
Co-ordinator West Berkshire for Europe






This week’s edition of the NWN reports on the success of the street stall run by West Berkshire Stronger Together (WBST) in Newbury last Saturday, 16 June 2018.

Using two Brexitometers, passerbys were asked to vote on a number of issues that were highlighted during the Referendum and in Government statements since then, with a final poll on how well people thought the Brexit process was going and whether the People should have a vote on the final deal. Newbury shoppers voted by placing colour stickers on a board.

Over 400 people, a mix of both Leave and Remain voters, participated casting over 2,400 votes on the various issues highlighted. The biggest vote of the day was on the progress being made on Brexit, where 365 votes (91% of those cast) did not think Brexit was going well.

And in a sign that people are not resigned to Brexit or believe that the Government should be left to get on with it, 70% of votes cast were for a People’s Vote on the Final Deal.

Members of WBST will be taking part in the March for a People’s Vote this coming Saturday, 23 June, in London. If you would like to join us, we will be gathering at Newbury Station from 9.30am on Saturday morning.

Brexit and the National Interest: Panel Debate

On 11 May, 7.45-9.45pm, Berkshire for Europe and Open Britain Berkshire are holding a public panel debate in Maidenhead at St Piran’s Centre, Gringer Hill, SL6 7LZ.

The panel will comprise of:

  • The Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP,
  • Catherine Bearder MEP,
  • Mike Galsworthy, Scientists for EU, and
  • Elena Remigi, In Limbo Project.

Britain has only a few short months to finalise a withdrawal agreement with the European Union.

In October this year, the clock will stop for the negotiators. Parliamentary deadlines on both sides of the channel will call time on the Brexit talks. This evening will give you an opportunity to discuss the important political choices facing our country:

  • What is the best way to ensure an outcome in the national interest?
  • What do we do if there is no deal? Should we exit Brexit and how can we do it?
  • If we want to give the government a new instruction, what should it be?

It is a free event but you need to pre-register via this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/brexit-the-national-interest-tickets-44518049685

Do come along and join in the debate!

Public Meeting with Richard Benyon

RICHARD BENYON MP will be talking about the impact of Brexit one year on from the invocation of Article 50 and taking questions.
He will be followed on the platform by CATHERINE BEARDER MEP, who will also take part in a panel discussion giving you an opportunity to share your hopes and fears for Brexit.
Please come and share your experiences and listen to others on what Brexit means to you and them.

Welcome the ‘The Brexit Bus’ on its National Tour

Join the “Is It Worth It?” Campaign

The Hampshire Branch of the European Movement is hosting the “Brexit is it worth it?” bus next week, on Monday 26th and Tuesday 27th February. We invite you to join one or more of our welcoming parties.

There are 5 local venues:-

Berkshire – 26 February

7PM  Reading             M&S Broad Street

Hampshire – 27 February

9.30   Basingstoke      Anvil Coach Bay, Churchill Way East

11.15  Southampton   Outside Guildhall

13.00  Portsmouth      King Henry I Street, outside Guildhall

2.30    Chichester       Coach Bay, West Street by Cathedral Bell Tower


There will be a mix of local and national speakers and we need lots of supporters to show the media how passionately we care about Brexit. The campaign is a grassroots initiative by a pro-European group that raised over £16,000 through crowd-funding to pay for a bus to tour the UK. We aim to draw attention to the true cost of Brexit by asking the question “Is it worth it?” – we want to encourage those who voted leave to change their minds.

The campaign’s national launch was on Wednesday, 21st of February in London with the bus now touring 33 different cities and towns around the UK. A big welcome for the bus in our area is best for good media coverage.


If you would like to come to more than one stop then join us on the bus. Anyone interested should contact HantsEM@outlook.com.

More information can be found online here:-

Web: http://www.isitworthit.org.uk

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/isitworthitbus

Twitter: http://twitter.com/isitworthitbus

The European Movement is a national, non-party organisation formed to promote a better understanding of Europe. However, this campaign is not overtly pro-EU. We ask supporters not to bring EU flags or insignia. We are very happy for people to display party political badges and colours or the Union Jack.

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