WBST attend Britain for Europe Conference

On 24th October 7 members of WBST attended a Pro EU Lobby and conference at the QEII Centre in Westminster organised by the cross-party Britain for Europe organisation.

A series of speakers representing all major parties addressed the conference, along with leading members of Britain for Europe and other pro EU groups.

Speakers at the Conference included David Lammy MP (Labour), Dominic Grieve QC MP (Conservative), Caroline Lucas MP (Green) and Wera Hobhouse MP (Lib Dem).

David Lammy opened the conference and told the audience: “Delivering a Brexit that will satisfy the Conservative Party, let alone the country, will be impossible”.

Dominic Grieve, encouraged attendees to carry on campaigning and to remember Brexit Minister and colleague David Davis’s own words: “If a democracy cannot change its mind, it ceases to be a democracy.” Mr Grieve has spent a great deal of time studying the legal aspects of preventing Brexit. He believes that it could be stopped if there is a change in public opinion.

Wera Hobhouse reported on her experiences of winning her seat in Bath at the General Election by campaigning with a strongly pro-EU message.

Several speakers put forward suggestions on how to take the pro-EU campaign forward:

  • Talk to soft ‘leavers’ – use local arguments to persuade them to change their minds, such as citing examples of local healthcare workers, teachers and others deciding to return to Europe in the face of an uncertain future in the UK
  • Point out the impact that the fall in the value of the pound has already had on household spending on food
  • Most people have more in common with immigrants than politicians. Many people when challenged will admit that immigration is not a problem in their own area

During the afternoon 6 of the WBST group crossed the street to the Houses of Parliament to meet with Richard Benyon MP. In response to questions from the group, Mr Benyon said that although he had been a strong campaigner for Remain he had accepted the result of the referendum. He said he would do his best to ensure that Britain got the best deal possible. In particular, he is working with Greener UK to ensure that any new environmental legislation matches that of the EU.

Mr Benyon strongly believes that ‘No Deal’ is not an option and he would support ‘stopping the clock’ if this meant there was a chance of a better deal. He is also confident that MPs will be given a vote on the final Deal. However, its clear that currently he will only follow the government line.

Tom Bruffato, Chair of Britain for Europe, stated clearly that Article 50 is revocable – parliament has the power to reverse it.

At the conclusion of the conference we were urged to:

  • Continue campaigning
  • Keep lobbying MP’s and show them that public opinion is shifting to a pro-EU stance
  • Encourage pro-EU MP’s to come forward and work for an ‘Exit from Brexit’
  • Keep saying that we want a vote on the deal.

Ceinwen Lally, WBST Member

29 October 2017

People’s March for Europe: ‘those who voted Leave were lied to’

On Saturday 9 March 2017, thousands of anti-Brexit protesters descended on London to express their anger at the impact leaving the European Union is already having on our country.

Speaking to the Independent, West Berkshire Stronger Together member Tony Vickers said he was not angry with those who voted to Leave the EU:

“They were lied to, and those poor sods are going to get poorer – while the rich politicians who led the Leave campaign, the ones with dosh, are going to be okay.”

What impact is Brexit having for you? Is it helping or hindering you, your family and your business?

 

Meeting with the General Election Candidates

On Wednesday 24th May, West Berkshire Stronger Together will be meeting with candidates for the Newbury Constituency in the General Election.

The public meeting will take place at 7pm in the Parish Room of St John’s Church Newbury.

The following candidates have confirmed that they will be attending:

  • Alex Skirvin – Labour Party
  • David Yates – Apolitical Group
  • Judith Bunting – Liberal Democrats
  • Paul Field – Green Party

Richard Benyon was invited to the event, but declined the invitation advising that he was only attending events organised by independent organisations. As a cross-party group, containing members of all political parties and none, we are disappointed not to qualify as an ‘independent’ organisation in Mr Benyon’s eyes.

However, those attending will be able to ask questions of the candidate’s present on the issues that matter to local people in the general election.

If you would like to come, please comment below so that we have an idea of numbers.

West Berkshire Stronger Together marches for Europe

West Berkshire Stronger Together was proud to take part in the Unite for Europe march in London yesterday.

Police confirmed 100,000 people attended to demonstrate our continuing desire for a positive relationship with our European neighbours. It was also an important opportunity to pay our respects in Parliament Square to the victims of Wednesday’s terror attack

Were you at the rally? What thoughts did you take away from the day?

 

 

 

   

Unite for Europe March, Saturday 25 March

With Theresa May’s announcement today, confirming that Article 50 will be triggered next week, Saturday’s march has taken on even greater significance.

Whether you voted Leave or Remain, if you are unhappy about the direction in which Theresa May is taking this country in relation to Brexit then join the Unite for Europe march on Saturday in London.

West Berkshire Stronger Together will be travelling as a group, gathering at Newbury Rail station at 8am on Saturday morning. Do join us: you can let us know you are coming, by joining our Facebook group.

 

Are you ready to ‘Rise Up’?

Tony Blair is to re-enter the Brexit debate today, in his first speech since the EU Referendum last summer.

In a speech to Open Britain, he will call on Remainers to ‘rise up in defence of our beliefs’. He will argue the people who voted Leave were misinformed and would be right to change their minds.

What do you think about his intervention in the debate?

Do you feel you were misinformed? Are you ready to rise up?

Let us know your thoughts.

Unite for Europe March – London, 25th March 2017

On Saturday 25th March 2017, a group of WBST members will be travelling together to London to take part in the Unite for Europe march.

If you want to travel with us, go to our Facebook page to sign up.

The reasons behind the March can be found on the Unite for Europe website. It aims to highlight how much we value the peace, friendships, relationships, rights, business & academic collaborations, economic prosperity and outward-looking attitude that European Union membership delivers.

It’s also taking place on the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome, which established the European Economic Community.

If you believe that we are stronger when we have a close and positive relationship with our nearest continental neighbours, then come and march with us.

Did you miss our ‘Rally For EU’?

Did you miss our ‘Rally for EU’?

Don’t worry: take a look at our photo gallery or watch this video to hear our speakers share their reflections on the current Brexit situation:

  • Paul Field, Newbury Green Party
  • Jonny Roberts, Newbury Labour Party, and
  • Judith Bunting, Newbury & West Berkshire Liberal Democrats.

 

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