We will be holding online working group sessions in the week commencing 7th December and we would really like as many of our supporters that can to join one or more of these.
Details are below, including links to the Zoom meeting. If you would like to attend one or more to help us develop our thinking, please let us know by email, or you can just join the meeting on the evening if you’re uncertain.
1 EU Citizens in UK (Euro Café and Settled Status). Facilitated by Caroline / Mailan, 7 Dec 8.00 – 9.30pm. Link Meeting ID: 861 7377 7887 / Passcode: mockpwd
2 Defending Democracy and Electoral Reform. Facilitated by Len / Caroline, 8 Dec 8.00 – 9.30pm. Link Meeting ID: 869 0181 5758 / Passcode: mockpwd
3 Engagement / working with local Political Parties. Facilitated by Katherine / Terry, 9 Dec 8.00 – 9.30pm. Link Meeting ID: 857 5978 1557 / Passcode: mockpwd
4 Influencing others (outside of our bubble). Facilitated by Beth / Mailan, 10 Dec 8.00 – 9.30pm. Link Meeting ID: 864 0659 2223 / Passcode: mockpwd
5 The Rejoin campaign. Facilitated by Peter / Adrian, 11 Dec 8.00 – 9.30pm. Link Meeting ID: 890 4699 9191 / Passcode: mockpwd
We will take the output from the survey and working groups into our plans for 2021 and beyond.
And for something fun before Xmas, please join us for a socialmeet-up at the virtual Remainiacs Arms on Wednesday 16th December at 7.30 pm. We can’t meet up in person, but we can do the next best thing and meet online to raise a glass with remainer friends. Link, Meeting ID: 852 5438 4617 / Passcode: 9P7dL9
Thank you for your continued support, Adrian Chair of Berkshire for Europe
This evening we held the feedback session on the supporter consultation which Berkshire for Europe, Open Britain Berkshire and Maidenhead for Europe undertook between mid-October and mid-November. We were delighted that 132 people returned the survey and so many of you joined the feedback session.
If you missed the session and would like to see the survey results please see here:
Thank you to everyone who contributed to our campaign discussion on Wednesday 8th July.
We need a comprehensive deal that protects the economy, security, health (and more) of UK and EU, and the additional transition arrangements to achieve this. We need to build public awareness and pressure on the government so that this becomes politically their best option.
Here is a summary of what we discussed (including latest news) and links to resources you can use.
This is the time of maximum risk from Brexit, as the transition arrangements end and realities replace rhetoric. But as a consequence, the public is more open to understanding the facts and to pressurizing the government to accept these realities and change course. Everything we can do to public awareness and pressure on the government to do this makes a difference.
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!
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.
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.
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 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 email@example.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.