|Dear Supporters and Friends!|
Campaigns – Updates on EU Citizens & Settled Status! ActNow!
We are contacting you today in connection with #actnowEUSS campaign namely to raise awareness of the deadline for EU and EFTA citizens resident in the UK to apply for settlement status. Today there are only 94 days left until the application deadline on 30th June 2021. Please take a few minutes to watch this video as it gives a comprehensive background to the urgency. https://youtu.be/xtPNwozO0kw
The #actnowEUSS campaign has been tweeting and posting messages over the past 4 weeks to highlight the 30 countries whose citizens are affected. With only 94 days left we have much to do locally…
Have you heard of anyone with a problem with their application for settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme? Struggling to apply? Still waiting for a decision? Or they received the wrong status? Or have they been granted a status but are struggling to prove it because you haven’t been given a physical proof of status? The3million have an excellent site for collecting these experiences at the3million | Report it
Join Us – Campaigning Next Steps – Thursday 1st April at 8pm!
Together with Berkshire for Europe, we are hosting a Zoom webinarSmall Step Campaigning: Erasmus, Musicians, The Veterinary Bill! EU Citizens: Next Steps!Preparing for Local Elections & Getting Your European Voice Heard!And, Much More!Look forward to Seeing you at the Zoom Session – All Details Below!
Mini Survey – Choose your favourite Erasmus coin!
In 2022 the Erasmus programme celebrates its 35th birthday. Are you one or do you know anyone of the millions of people who have loved the experience? Or maybe you have heard about Erasmus but not yet had a chance to take part? They’re looking to you to choose the commemorative €2 coin to celebrate the programme. You can pick from one of the six designs below within the link. Help mark Erasmus’ place in shaping. This survey is open, and you can cast your vote until midnight, March 31st, 2021.
Some Interesting Links…
The Good Law Project – It’s hard to put it better than the Commissioner for Public Appointments: “… some at the centre of government want not only to have the final say but to tilt the competition system in their favour to appoint their allies…” This is not the Britain we should be. https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/time-to-end-cronyism/
British Citizens Welcome Biden-Harris Administration defence of Truth!
Joanne Callaghan and Monica Horten, Author at Yorkshire Bylines
See You There – Join Us & Let us Make it Happen – Thursday 1st April at 8pm.
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We have checked with the Office for National Statistics!
We are entitled to fill in ‘identity’ as European, since it’s about self identity and will not be used as data for reporting nationality. The census has separate questions on where you were born.
For identity you can tick ALL that apply, so you could in fact be British and European or Welsh and European, etc. Take the opportunity to express your identity as a European!!
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 social meet-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,
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 for your contribution
The more artistic among us have put together these images that you can post on twitter.
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 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.
- We are making sample letters available to supporters via our Members facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/313816748959296/
- There is a lot of material available on the web and social media which you can share and amplify, for example: https://www.facebook.com/europeanmovementUK/
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.
Chair, Berkshire for Europe