August 2019 Newsletter

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.

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