On Sunday 16th of September, we held our first joint event with Best For Britain – a round table discussion with a fantastic panel of campaigners, MPs and an international supply chain expert, chaired by Naomi Smith from Best For Britain.
W4EU’s Susie Coultard, Juliet Lodge, Nina de Alaya Parker & Cathy Wigley were there, and joined a feisty and enthusiastic audience (who ended up spilling out into the corridor as the room was packed out).
Rupa Huq MP (Labour / Ealing & Acton) spoke eloquently about the disastrous impact Brexit will have on women’s lives, and Linda Johnson discussed how life as we know it will come to an end if any kind of Brexit happens, as international supply chains (and esp. just-in-time-deliveries) suffer the disruption of customs checks and delays at the border.
Emmy Van Deurzen argued for more passion in our approach to discussing Brexit: we need to move away from dry and theoretical “male” discussions of trade deals and start speaking from the heart about the terrible impact Brexit is already having. Families are being ripped apart, people are leaving the country and losing their jobs. Time to get angry and connect with people on an emotional level as well as just a theoretical one.
Wera Hobhouse MP (LibDem / Bath) took time out from the Liberal Democrat Conference to discuss how women’s rights stand to suffer as workplace protections are scrapped – with women standing to suffer the most if any kind of Brexit happens. And W4EUs Juliet Lodge wrapped up – summing up the passion felt by many in the room: “I am bloody furious!”
After the round table discussion, we organised a march along the seafront and joined with the Liberal Democrats for a rally on the seafront. Speakers included Tom Brake MP (LibDem spokesman on Brexit), Catherine Bearder MEP, and local politicians Peter Kyle (MP for Brighton & Hove) and Phelim Macafferty (Green Party councillor for Brighton).
EU Supergirl Madeleina Kay opened and closed the rally, which was also addressed by campaigners pushing for a Wooferendum (if you’re in London on October 7th, please support their march in Westminster – dogs are optional!).
This is how the local news channel reported our event 🙂
This week the People’s Vote campaign laid out a clear roadmap towards a People’s Vote, which we’re sharing here to try and spread the word that it’s not too late: we can still stop Brexit (and here’s one very clear way we can do it).
CLICK HERE to see the plan. Please share widely.
If you’re interested in organising a street stall, or going to a local event, you can find out about the People’s Vote campaign events happening near you by clicking here.
And remember: it’s no good campaigning for a vote on the terms of any Brexit deal if you’re not able to vote if / when the opportunity arises. Please make sure you are registered to vote, and ask family / friends if they are too. You can click here to find out how to register – it’s quick and easy, and shouldn’t take more than 5 minutes. Celebrate the centenary of Women’s Sufferage by making sure your vote counts 🙂
In case you’ve been hiding in a cave the last few weeks, you’ll have seen a lot of discussion about what a no-deal Brexit might look like. There’s been a lot of debate about whether the doomsday scenarios being put forward are over-hyped or not. To cut through the noise, we recommend this post by the brilliant Richard Corbett (Labour MEP for Yorkshire & Humber). Clue: it’s not pretty…
No deal Brexit also means overnight, UK citizens living in Europe, and EU citizens living in the UK are immediately plunged into a legal and administrative no-man’s-land. More here from HuffPost about the impact this could have on all of us.
Not to mention interruption to food supplies; severe disruption to UK farmers (wo are reliant on EU imports & exports); problems using UK drivers licenses overseas; an immediate end to the European Health Care Card scheme and the return of some kind of a border between Northern Ireland & the Irish Republic.
Brexit: is it worth it? We say NO!
….apart from better roads, cleaner air, cleaner beaches, offering fantastic opportunites to live and work in different countries, paternity pay, ending discrimination against pregnant women…. the list goes on…
Anyway, apart from all that, if you’ve ever wondered what the EU *actually* has done in your area, this is a brilliant new resource (and one to bookmark if you’re out campaigning or on a street stall): www.myeu.uk
Type in your postcode to see what the EU has done in your area, and let everyone know how much we stand to lose under any form of Brexit.
Women4Europe support the “Women For A People’s Vote” campaign launched today by InFacts. As the myriad Brexit promises made on the campaign trail unravel before our eyes, and as it becomes clearer that *any* form of Brexit will be hugely damaging to the UK, we back calls for a vote on any deal reached.
Meanwhile, we’d just like to remind you that women now support cancelling Brexit by a 12-point margin, according to the latest polls. Three in four women are concerned that the Brexit sold to the nation will never be delivered.
According to The Independent, “A total of 83 per cent are of the opinion that the process of leaving the EU has been a mess, with 86 per cent of women aged over 45 despairing the most about the process.”
Time to revoke article 50 and think again.
#PeoplesVote #W4PV #FinalSayForAll #StopBrexit
ps. While we’re here, are you registered to vote? Are your family / friends / neighbours? You can click here and complete the process in less than 5 minutes.
Many people, for many different reasons, aren’t on the electoral register.
Given how volatile the political situation in the UK currently is, we strongly urge everyone to make sure they are on the electoral register, in case an early General Election or a People’s Vote on Brexit is held.
***You can register to vote here: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote***
It’s easy, it takes about 5 minutes, and you only need to register once – you do not need to register separately for every election.
You need to register again if you’ve changed address, name or nationality.
You can also use the link above to change how you vote (e.g. in person, by post or getting someone to vote for you – a “proxy vote”). It helps to have your National Insurance number handy, plus your passport if you are a British citizen registered abroad.
Students in particular often fall off the electoral register. You can find more information specifically geared to students here: https://www.yourvotematters.co.uk/can-i-vote/students