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How to Stop Brexit at the General Election

Want to help stop Brexit at the General Election? If we want to stop a Tory majority and Brexit, we have to vote tactically!  Yes, this may mean setting aside your long-held party preference this time. But the stakes have never been higher. You may not see another election in your lifetime that’s this important.

We’re Berkshire for Europe and we’re Remainers. We come from a wide range of political backgrounds. We need your help to maximise the pro-Europe vote at this election and stop a Brexit deal that will certainly impoverish and possibly break up the UK.

Here’s how –

1) Are you registered to vote? If not, go here to register by 26 November: www.gov.uk/register-to-vote  Remember – students can register at both home and student addresses then vote wherever has the most impact.

2) Our recommendations for who can defeat the Tories and Brexit,based on historical results and our local knowledge are:

ConstituencyRecommendationWhy?
BracknellLibDem – Kaweh BeheshtizadehCandidate whose priority is to stop Brexit
MaidenheadLibDem  – Joshua ReynoldsThe only Remain alternative.
NewburyLibDem – Lee DillonLib Dems won this in 1997 and 2001 – they can do it again!
Reading EastLabour – Matt RoddaWon the seat from the Tories in 2017. Don’t let them get it back!
Reading WestLabour – Rachel EdenLabour won here in 1997, 2001, and 2005 – help them get it back!
SloughLabour – Tan DhesiLabour since 1997 – pro-Europe MP – let’s keep him there!
WindsorLibDem – Julian TisiYour best bet for a clearly Remain candidate, against a Tory Brexiter
WokinghamLibDem – Phillip LeeFormer minister, switched to the LibDems because he couldn’t stick Tory Brexit policies. Our best chance to beat arch-Brexiter John Redwood.

Don’t know what constituency you’re in? check here: https://members.parliament.uk/constituencies

Want more information on tactical voting? Check here:

https://www.remainunited.org or here: https://getvoting.org 

Want to campaign? Contact us here or via our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pg/berkshireforeurope

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Voting Remain on 12 December

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IT’S GENERAL ELECTION TIME!
Thank you so much to all who joined us for the historic march on October the 19th. It was a great day and so important to have such a high turnout!

And now we have an election upon us! This gives us a chance to steer the Brexit debate in our favour and to secure a People’s Vote down the line. So let’s seize this opportunity and make it count!   

Tactical voting is essential – we must embrace it in order to deny the Brexit Tories a majority.

Please read on to find out about the following: The rationale for our recommendations – view from the Chair Our tactical voting recommendations – what we think by constituency Registering to vote Vote swapping How you can help
Rationale for our recommendations – from our chair, Peter Leisupe
As you know, Berkshire for Europe was set up to “to find legal and democratic ways to stop Brexit” and this is the basis on which we have made our recommendations for the general election – we favour no single party, and we ourselves come from a wide range of political horizons. We will not comment on individual party policies expressed in their manifestos unless they have a direct impact on Brexit.

We believe that best outcome for remain in this election is a hung parliament with remain parties and individuals holding the balance of power.   Our take on the main opposition parties The Liberal Democrats state they will still stop Brexit if they win the general election. However, we see the prospect of them winning the general election as unlikely and have taken this into consideration during our deliberations.

Labour is not yet unequivocally behind remain. In Berkshire, it is also having to operate in a historically conservative region. These issues have also been taken into consideration. 

In addition to statistics on constituencies and information on tactical voting sites, we have also used local knowledge gained from conversations we have had whilst canvassing and holding street stalls.  
Our Tactical Voting recommendations

Here are our recommendations for our local constituencies. We have had close contact with these candidates and know them to be committed remainers. Note that it is too early for us to decide on candidates in Bracknell, Windsor and Maidenhead. We are working hard on this and will let you know as soon as we have made a decision.

Reading East:      Matt Rodda, Labour
Reading West:     Rachel Eden, Labour
Wokingham:         Dr Phillip Lee, Liberal Democrats
Newbury:              Lee Dillon, Liberal Democrats
Bracknell:             TBC
Slough:                 Tan Dhesi, Labour
Windsor & Eton:  TBC
Maidenhead:        TBC

 
Tactical voting websites

If you would like to conduct your own research on tactical voting in your constituency, there are several tactical voting websites. Some of them are less reliable than others, so we would suggest you compare across as many as you can.

We are happy to recommend the Best for Britain tactical voting site and the Remain United tactical voting site, as both of these organisations have aims that tie in directly with ours – they are simply committed to stopping Brexit. Use the following links, but be aware that Remain United will not be issuing their advice until Sunday 10th Nov.

Best for Britain
https://www.getvoting.org/
Remain United
https://www.remainunited.org/
 
Are you registered to vote?

The first thing we need you to do is to make sure you are registered to vote. The registration deadline is midnight on the 26th November. Please be aware that students can register in two places. They can only vote in one place, but they can decide which place that is on the day. Encourage others in your circle to register, especially young people. The website for voter registration is as follows:
https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
 
Are you ready to vote tactically? Swap your vote if not

You may feel uneasy about the voting recommendation in your constituency, but we would strongly encourage you to put these feelings aside and ‘pinch your nose’ if need be. This is the most important election in a generation. It’s our only chance to change the direction of travel and we have to take it. With our first past the post system, we may find that we have to vote with our heads, not our hearts.
If it’s still tricky, you can always arrange to swap your vote. The following website enables you to find someone in a different constituency who needs to vote for your preferred party, but is finding that difficult. By swapping votes, your conscience can stay clear. Note that this website will be active from mid-November.
https://www.swapmyvote.uk/
 
Can you help get a Remain Parliament?

1. Can you offer your help to any of our recommended candidates? If so, please contact them via their websites or social media channels.

2. Are you active on social media? Given the time of the year, social media will be as important as physical campaigning. Keep putting remain messages out there. Follow our recommended candidates. Write posts, join message boards, call in to radio shows. We need as many pro-remain voices out there as possible.

3. Can you help Berkshire for Europe? We will be running stalls and distributing our own leaflets during the run up to the election. Please contact us if you can help.

4. Talk to friends and family. Let like-minded people within your circle know about tactical voting and the recommended candidates. Arrange postal votes or proxy votes if you are unable to vote in person on the day. You need to return the postal vote form as soon as possible and definitely before the 26th November. Here are links to application forms for postal and proxy voting.
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/apply-for-a-postal-vote
https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/proxy-voting-application-forms
 
5. Book the day off on December the 12th! If you can, make yourself available for your local candidate on election day – knocking on doors of supporters and getting the vote out on a cold winter’s day will be imperative!

6. Help fund us. We’re asking for donations to help us print more leaflets, pay for ads, and run stalls. We’re grateful for any financial help, no matter how small. PayPal link below:
Help us by donating here

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September 2019 Newsletter

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What a mad couple of weeks! The Brexit situation is moving fast and we need to keep up the pressure on Boris and his No-Deal colleagues. There are lots of protests and events planned – details of all upcoming events are included in this newsletter. Now is the time to get active. Please join us whenever and however you can.

View from our Chair, Peter Leisupe

Welcome to the Banana Republic! What have we become? The Brexit referendum has made us the laughing stock of the world!  The foolishness of Cameron has shown the weakness of our political systems. We have a “democracy” based on a feudal past and a parliamentary system not even from the times of empire, but from the 16th century! It is time we moved in to the 21st century with a modern written constitution.

Berkshire for Europe has been active during the last fortnight attending and supporting rallies to defend our democracy and continuing the battle to defeat Brexit.  The rally in Reading on Saturday 7th September was significant; we had local Labour MP Matt Rodda the Liberal Democrat Dr Phillip Lee, the Greens and the Women’s Equality party all speaking on the same platform. Long may that continue! I thank the Berkshire for Europe members who also spoke at the rally – you are heroes!

Now for the Reading Festival …. what can I say! It makes campaigning worthwhile! It was a fantastic campaign. It is not often we have such genuine engagement with young people. Some were so grateful that we were there, they gave us beer and ice lollies!! We distributed nearly 30K of stickers of all kinds and had about 3000 signatures for our petitions – brilliant!!  Our wrist bands went in 2 hours flat!!!! Social media during the campaign was also a great success – we had over 500k views! The young people actually listened to us and they said, countless times, ‘we’re glad you are out here campaigning’ and they genuinely thanked us. It was the most enjoyable, heart-warming campaigning I have done in 3 and half years! See the photos further on in the newsletter.

We also had a stall at Reading Pride the week after the festival. That too was an astonishing success!  At times our stall was mobbed. My thanks to all who contributed. Again, see the photos below.

Please keep checking Berkshire for Europe social Facebook page for up-to-date initiatives. It is constantly changing as the political situation changes.
Also I must beg for some money. We have spent all our crowd funder for materials, stickers, etc. We were mobbed at times for our Bollocks to Brexit/Bollocks to Boris Stickers at the very successful Reading Music Festival campaign targeting the young.

Our recent campaigns

The Reading festival
Over the bank holiday we joined forces with Open Britain and had an amazing three days of campaigning. We had teams down by the riverside, getting signatures on the People’s Vote petitions, giving out stickers, talking to young people and getting them to have a go on our Brexitometer. Reports from inside the festival were that it was awash with our luminous yellow stickers!

We also had teams at Reading station, talking to people as they arrived in the town. Another team headed to the car parks to distribute leaflets about the October 19th march on every windscreen.

We were joined by Peter Cook from the EU Flag Mafia, who kept everyone entertained with his Anti-Brexit music. Reading East MP, Matt Rodda joined us, as did Judith Bunting, Lib Dem MEP, and Labour Councillor and candidate for Reading West, Rachel Eden. Femi from Our Future Our Choice (pictured below) also came along on the Friday. It was great to have such high-profile support.

We encouraged everyone we spoke with to register to vote. We had great support – the vaste majority were massively supportive of what we are doing and they are ready to make their voices heard at the very next opportunity.

The whole campaign was a real bonding experience for everyone involved. Special thanks to the organiser, the key co-ordinators and the base camp hosts! And huge thanks too to everyone who contributed to the Crowdfunder to pay for the stickers and wristbands – we couldn’t have done it without you! We circulated just over 30k of Stickers over the events!

The team enjoyed an ice-cold beer or glass of chilled wine at the end of each day. Here we are, posing for a group photo.

Reading Pride
There was little rest for some members of the team, who were back out campaigning the following weekend for Reading Pride. The weather was a bit more wild, but luckily our gazebo and stand stayed put … which is more than can be said for the Conservative Party Gazebo! The day was a great success – we had a huge amount of support and distributed many stickers.

Reading Rally
Last Saturday we attended a Rally in Reading, protesting about the Prorogation and against Brexit in general. There was a short procession, followed by a gathering outside the Town Hall for speeches. Matt Rodda, Labour MP for Reading East spoke, as did Dr Phillip Lee, MP for Bracknell and recent joinee of the Lib Dems. There were additional speeches from the Green Party the Lib Dems and the Women’s Equality Party. Thanks to the local Lib Dems for organising this event. It was a great success and we had several heartfelt speeches from members of Berkshire for Europe too. There may well be more Rallies in the local area in the next few weeks – please keep an eye on our Facebook page and website for updates.

Thoughtful article

Suspending Britain’s Parliament Is an Act of Desperation – BNN Bloomberg

Suspending Britain’s Parliament Is an Act of Desperation

(Bloomberg Opinion) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s plan to suspend Parliament is hardly the “coup” that his more emotional opponents have claimed. Even so, the move is shabby politics, a gamble that might well fail, and an eloquent demonstration of the prime minister’s weakness.

On Wednesday, Johnson asked Queen Elizabeth II to prorogue the legislature for five weeks before beginning a new session in mid-October, a little over two weeks before the Brexit deadline. This isn’t unprecedented or on the face of it unlawful. It still leaves time for the House of Commons to veto a no-deal Brexit if it can muster a majority for that. But proposed at a moment of national crisis, this suspension will be the longest in decades, and Johnson’s stated reason — that it’s necessary to introduce a “bold and ambitious” domestic agenda — is plainly dishonest.

What’s the real objective? The prime minister seems to be banking on two possible outcomes.

One is that he’ll tempt the opposition into calling a no-confidence vote and hence an election. With Labour in complete disarray, and Brexit opponents split on every other matter of public policy, this has a certain strategic appeal. But any such course would threaten only more costly delay and uncertainty over Brexit.

The second rationale is that the suspension, if it isn’t overturned by the courts, will frustrate efforts to stop Britain from exiting the European Union without a deal come Oct. 31. Preserving the possibility of a no-deal exit is the core of Johnson’s Brexit strategy, his main leverage in talks with the EU.

Again, one can see the strategic sense in this calculation. Again, though, it’s grossly irresponsible. A majority in Parliament has already rejected a no-deal exit. Only about 25% of the public supports it — indeed, only half of those supporting Brexit agree with it. It would be the worst possible outcome to this whole misbegotten process, leaving the U.K. poorer, weaker and indefinitely adrift.

More than anything, Johnson has demonstrated the weakness of his own position. He’s an unelected prime minister heading a minority government. With this threadbare legitimacy, he’s facing the most consequential decision a British prime minister has had to make in decades. And his unpopular negotiating position is pointing the country toward calamity. To escape this bind, he’s chosen tactical maneuvering rather than wise leadership.

Johnson’s supporters think suspending Parliament is a cunning move. It’s better understood as an act of desperation — and, if this still counts in British politics, an assault on the national interest.

–Editors: Timothy Lavin, Clive Crook

To contact the senior editor responsible for Bloomberg Opinion’s editorials: David Shipley at davidshipley@bloomberg.net, .

Editorials are written by the Bloomberg Opinion editorial board.

©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

August 2019 Newsletter

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With Johnson now PM and the 31st of October just weeks away, we’re reaching crisis point. We now have a cabinet full of extreme Brexiteers and we’re hurtling towards No Deal. This is a very dangerous time, but it was always going to come to this and we need to hold fast and keep resisting. There are various ways that this could play out and we need to make sure that our voices are heard. We have several campaigns coming up. Now is the time to get active. Please join us whenever and however you can.

View from our Chair, Peter Leisupe

We have the arch liar in chief as PM, flouting democracy! We recently gave the people of Maidenhead the choice of voting for Boris or Jeremy Hunt or Larry the Downing Street cat. As you can see from the photo below, the cat was the people’s choice – support the will of the people!

Sadly we now have the delusional unicorns in charge of the country. The very latest economic figures show that the economy is contracting.  I hate to think what the figures will look like if we ever leave. God help us! Already we see the new Brexiteer members of cabinet talking to Trump, who apparently has a pen in hand ready to sign a trade deal if we capitulate to their trade demands. Chlorinated chicken and hormone-stuffed beef any one? Thankfully the US congress will block any trade deal unless we respect the Good Friday Agreement. We should not underestimate the strength of the Irish diaspora in America; the prospect of Brexit has reinvigorated this section of American society.

My thanks to all who contributed to our crowd funder to pay for our campaign at the Reading festival – we now are able to fully fund our events there.  Please volunteer to help out. Details are below.

We have been out on the streets with our Brexit quiz. It was well received in Broad Street, Reading and proved to be an excellent engagement tool.  Many volunteers also joined the March for Change in London on the 20th of July. This was another successful demonstration, celebrating our membership of the EU. We will of course be supporting the coming march in London in October. Please note that the date for this march has changed from the 12th of October to the 19th of October due to a clash with a charity event.

It is increasingly looking like a general election will be happening soon. We will be asking for volunteers to help in street stalls, door-to-door leafleting and canvassing. To find out more details of future events and to keep up to date, please join our closed FB page, Berkshire for Europe – Social.View from our Chair, Peter LeisupeWe have the arch liar in chief as PM, flouting democracy! We recently gave the people of Maidenhead the choice of voting for Boris or Jeremy Hunt or Larry the Downing Street cat. As you can see from the photo below, the cat was the people’s choice – support the will of the people!

Sadly we now have the delusional unicorns in charge of the country. The very latest economic figures show that the economy is contracting.  I hate to think what the figures will look like if we ever leave. God help us! Already we see the new Brexiteer members of cabinet talking to Trump, who apparently has a pen in hand ready to sign a trade deal if we capitulate to their trade demands. Chlorinated chicken and hormone-stuffed beef any one? Thankfully the US congress will block any trade deal unless we respect the Good Friday Agreement. We should not underestimate the strength of the Irish diaspora in America; the prospect of Brexit has reinvigorated this section of American society.

My thanks to all who contributed to our crowd funder to pay for our campaign at the Reading festival – we now are able to fully fund our events there.  Please volunteer to help out. Details are below.

We have been out on the streets with our Brexit quiz. It was well received in Broad Street, Reading and proved to be an excellent engagement tool.  Many volunteers also joined the March for Change in London on the 20th of July. This was another successful demonstration, celebrating our membership of the EU. We will of course be supporting the coming march in London in October. Please note that the date for this march has changed from the 12th of October to the 19th of October due to a clash with a charity event.

It is increasingly looking like a general election will be happening soon. We will be asking for volunteers to help in street stalls, door-to-door leafleting and canvassing. To find out more details of future events and to keep up to date, please join our closed FB page, Berkshire for Europe – Social.

CALL TO ACTION!

Reading festival, 23rd – 25th August

The festival is almost upon us and we have a great team of campaigners ready to go. We’ll be handing out stickers and wristbands (see below), encouraging people to register to vote. We’ll also be asking people to participate in Brexitometers, and much more. We still need more volunteers to make sure we maximise our impact. Please let us know if and when you can help. We’re asking people to sign up for shifts, so it should be easy to fit at least one shift in. Check out our closed FB page, Berkshire for Europe – Social for more details or contact us directly for more information.

Reading Pride, 31st August

We’ve booked a stall at Reading Pride. Come along and say hello, or help out if you can. We’d love to see you there. It’ll be great fun, as always.

People’s Vote March – London, Saturday 19th October

Please note that this date has changed from the original planned date of the 12th October due to a clash with a charity event for Great Ormond Street. Please put the date of Saturday 19th October in your diaries. An anti-Brexit rally is now being planned for the 12th if you are unable to make the 19th. More details of the rally will follow.  

SODEM – Westminster

SODEM is still campaigning outside Westminster. Please join them whenever you can. We need a massive Remainer presence outside Parliament. Check SODEM’s FB page and Twitter feed for updates.

Bastille Day
We had a stall at the Bastille Day event in Reading for the whole weekend. It was a good opportunity to engage with the public and it was the ideal event at which to celebrate being European.4

March for Change
A group of us travelled up to London for the march back in July. It was a great day. Despite a heavy shower in Reading, the weather was on our side. We heard many good speeches in parliament square and it was an uplifting day. The message – No to Boris, No to Brexit, Yes to Europe was a powerful one.

Street campaigns
We’ve had stalls in Reading, Wokingham, Bracknell and Maidenhead most weekends over the last month. Many people have wanted to chat with us about Boris Johnson and the way he is steering things. The Brexitometers have proven useful, as always. Come along and join us if and when you can.
 
Wokingham
Berkshire for Europe was out on the 10th of August with our friends in Wokingham for Europe with their Brexitometer in Market Place in Wokingham centre. For a very windy quiet day you can see from the photo that we had considerable interest from the public. In all we had some very interesting conversations and it was a successful day out! Mr Redwood MP does not appear to be very popular!
Door-to-door campaigning
Some members of our group have joined forces with our Open Britain friends and have been campaigning on door steps in the Reading area. This has proven to be extremely successful – people seem really willing to engage and we’ve had some fascinating conversations with both leavers and remainers … and with those that are still on the fence or are fed up with Brexit! It’s been a really effective way to open up the debate and to gently talk about the positives of EU membership. We’re always looking for more volunteers and each session begins with a short training session – please join us if you can.
Regular Social
We’re planning another social evening for August. Exact date is yet to be confirmed. Keep an eye on our closed Facebook page, Berkshire for Europe – Social, for details of when and where.