Extend the Transition Period

Thank you to everyone who joined last night’s call on how we maximise the public campaign for an extension to the Brexit Transition Phase.  We are all in our own way influencers, whether through letter writing, social media or just with our friends and colleagues. 

Letters – There is no harm in multiple letters to the press, MPs and others, so please use your own thoughts and the material we have shared to do these. 

Freedom of Information – If you can submit a Freedom of Information request to your local Council please let us know so that we can check we have everywhere covered (we have already done Wokingham, )

Len has said he will do Reading, and Rosie Windsor & Maidenhead!  Anyone else for the other areas? Thanks.

Social Media Warriors Arise! – Peter has kicked this off today – We need your help again to fight in the foul swamp that is Social media! We need warriors to fight on the beaches of facebook, twitter and Instagram for the noble cause of the extending the Transition period, if we leave with no deal the economic harm will significantly increase the pain created by Covid-19.  We call on you to fight this righteous war!  We will provide the weapons; memes, information cartoons, letters. Have a look  https://www.facebook.com/groups/313816748959296/  or contact Peter and Beth!

Please find the links below 

  • last nights presentation
  • Calling for Extension / No Deal Report.  This report tracks Trade Associations and Business organizations that have either called for an Extension to the Transition phase or raised issues that the business would face regarding a No Deal Brexit. This report will be updated on a regular basis as we  identify further organizations willing to  “voice” their concerns.

 Please do get in touch if you have any further ideas, questions, and if you are happy to please share any responses that you receive.  Meanwhile good luck and thank you for all your efforts!

The Team.

How do we avoid a No-Deal Brexit at the end of the year?

The Brexit Transition phase is due to end on 31st December 2020. Under the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement, any extension to transition must be agreed before 1st July. Thereafter, the only options are to agree a trade deal (close to impossible) or to leave without a deal.

Our government knows that no-deal Brexit will be a disaster, doubly so on top of the Covid-19 crisis. Despite talking tough, it has already ducked no-deal on 4 occasions by extending or compromising its negotiating position. We will not have these options beyond June.

We must mobilise public opinion to make it clear to the government that they cannot play bad-odds Russian roulette with our lives.

How can you help?

Across the country, people and groups are making their views known. You can add to this via social media and, most importantly, by writing to your MP, your employer, your trade union or association and anyone else who has a voice.

This isn’t just an issue for those who love Europe and hate Brexit. It is a cause which everyone who cares about our country and our people needs to take up. It doesn’t matter how you do it, but it matters that you do.Thank you for your contribution.

Adrian

Chair, Berkshire for Europe

Foreword from our new Chair, Adrian Betteridge

It is my pleasure and honour to succeed Peter Leisupe as Chair of Berkshire for Europe. Peter has worked tirelessly for our organisation since its formation in 2016 and we would not be of the scale and influence we are today without him.

These are very difficult times for everyone in the UK and around the world, dealing with the pandemic threat that threatens lives and has turned things as we know them upside down. Our first focus is on helping everyone get through the crisis as best we can, and it is wonderful to hear of so many Berkshire for Europe and Open Britain Berkshire members volunteering in their communities. 

Living through Coronavirus will change our society and how it feels about our neighbours and the world. Once the pain has healed this may well be for the better, as people understand our interdependence and common interests. This can only help in our campaign to reunite the UK and the EU. Berkshire for Europe is organising for this campaign, as we described at our AGM. Keep an eye on our website for more information on our plans.

Berkshire for Europe AGM

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Berkshire for Europe Annual General Meeting – Postponement and Change of Format

We are postponing our Annual General Meeting with guest speakers as a result of the current circumstances relating to Coronavirus Covid 19.  Whilst current official advice is that such events need not be cancelled, we are conscious that supporters may feel at risk from attending and that numbers will be significantly reduced, undermining the meeting.  We are intending to re-schedule and to use an on-line conferencing system which anyone with an internet connection can join, on the new date of 30 March.  Please watch out for further information over the next two weeks. 

We will contact Berkshire for Europe members directly with regard to the election of Officers of the organisation, which we will complete in time to announce in the new meeting.  If you are not a paid-up member of the organisation but wish to take part in the election, please contact us at berkshireforeurope@gmail.com

We believe that it is important that we re-engage with all our members and supporters and explain and discuss our plans for the future with you.  Thank you for your continued support, and we hope that you will be able to join the meeting on-line on Monday 30th March.

Peter Leisupe, Chairman, and the Berkshire for Europe Committee.

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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