Mini Demonstration

Berkshire for Europe with Open Britain Reading also held a mini demonstration at Reading Crown Court against this government’s anti-Protest bill and the bill to curb Judicial Review.

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Protest against Farage

On Friday, Berkshire for Europe and Open Britain Reading, along with other groups, demonstrated at Reading Minster against the presence of Nigel Farage on the panel of Any Questions.

We are pro EU groups who support closer ties with our friends in the EU with the aim of Customs Union and Single Market membership and thereafter the potential to rejoin as a voting member.

Mr Farage, through his actions, has diminished the UK’s standing in the world and weakened our negotiating powers. More favourable trade deals are with those with greater economic strength – which the EU has. He has also weakened the western alliance in the face of the increasingly assertive Russia and China. The fishing industry has been thrown under bus, an industry he famously championed under his message of ‘taking back control’. Withdrawal from the single market and customs union has added to the costly red tape burden on industry, which is the exact opposite of what Farage and his friends promised. Then there is the question of Northern Ireland. Brexit may yet sink the Good Friday agreement – people may die! His actions could facilitate the break-up of the UK! And separately to the Brexit arguments, his comments about the RNLI show a complete disregard for the lives of those seeking sanctuary.

We also objected to presence of Nigel Farage on Any Questions in general. He appears on BBC programmes a disproportionate number of times, to the determent of other groups. There are other right-wing commentators and parties – why are they not chosen more often?

For these reasons Berkshire for Europe and Open Britain Reading will continue to protest against Farage and his dangerous populist ideology when he visits Berkshire. The man has done incalculable harm to the UK.

Berkshire for Europe

Open Britain Reading

Rejoining the EU with Prof. A. C. Grayling

Rejoining the EU: How & When, and what we need to do to make it happen sooner rather than later – some very practical suggestions included. Tickets available here.

Bio: A. C. Grayling CBE MA DPhil (Oxon) FRSA FRSL is the Founder and Principal of New College of the Humanities at Northeastern University, and its Professor of Philosophy. He is also a Supernumerary Fellow of St Anne’s College, Oxford. He is the author of over thirty books of philosophy, biography, history of ideas, and essays. He was for a number of years a columnist on the Guardian, the Times, and Prospect magazine. He has contributed to many leading newspapers in the UK, US and Australia, and to BBC radios 4, 3 and the World Service, for which he did the annual ‘Exchanges at the Frontier’ series; and he has often appeared on television. He has twice been a judge on the Booker Prize, in 2014 serving as the Chair of the judging panel. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a Vice President of Humanists UK, Patron of the Defence Humanists, Honorary Associate of the Secular Society, and a Patron of Dignity in Dying.

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This event is organised by Berkshire for Europe; Oxford for Europe; and Hants for Europe

EU Citizens – 94 days until the Deadline!

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… 

Report it!
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.
https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/Erasmus35YearsEuroCoin

Some Interesting  Links…
The Good Law ProjectIt’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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European in the Census

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!!

Where do we go from here – The Workshops

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 – 9.30pmLink  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,
Adrian
Chair of Berkshire for Europe

Where do we go from here – Presentation

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:

Summary from 8 Jul Campaign Meeting

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