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
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.
What a mad couple of weeks! The Brexit situation is moving fast and we need to keep up the pressure on Boris and his No-Deal colleagues. There are lots of protests and events planned – details of all upcoming events are included in this newsletter. Now is the time to get active. Please join us whenever and however you can.
View from our Chair, Peter Leisupe
Welcome to the Banana Republic! What have we become? The Brexit referendum has made us the laughing stock of the world! The foolishness of Cameron has shown the weakness of our political systems. We have a “democracy” based on a feudal past and a parliamentary system not even from the times of empire, but from the 16th century! It is time we moved in to the 21st century with a modern written constitution.
Berkshire for Europe has been active during the last fortnight attending and supporting rallies to defend our democracy and continuing the battle to defeat Brexit. The rally in Reading on Saturday 7th September was significant; we had local Labour MP Matt Rodda the Liberal Democrat Dr Phillip Lee, the Greens and the Women’s Equality party all speaking on the same platform. Long may that continue! I thank the Berkshire for Europe members who also spoke at the rally – you are heroes!
Now for the Reading Festival …. what can I say! It makes campaigning worthwhile! It was a fantastic campaign. It is not often we have such genuine engagement with young people. Some were so grateful that we were there, they gave us beer and ice lollies!! We distributed nearly 30K of stickers of all kinds and had about 3000 signatures for our petitions – brilliant!! Our wrist bands went in 2 hours flat!!!! Social media during the campaign was also a great success – we had over 500k views! The young people actually listened to us and they said, countless times, ‘we’re glad you are out here campaigning’ and they genuinely thanked us. It was the most enjoyable, heart-warming campaigning I have done in 3 and half years! See the photos further on in the newsletter.
We also had a stall at Reading Pride the week after the festival. That too was an astonishing success! At times our stall was mobbed. My thanks to all who contributed. Again, see the photos below.
Please keep checking Berkshire for Europe social Facebook page for up-to-date initiatives. It is constantly changing as the political situation changes.
Also I must beg for some money. We have spent all our crowd funder for materials, stickers, etc. We were mobbed at times for our Bollocks to Brexit/Bollocks to Boris Stickers at the very successful Reading Music Festival campaign targeting the young.
Our recent campaigns
The Reading festival
Over the bank holiday we joined forces with Open Britain and had an amazing three days of campaigning. We had teams down by the riverside, getting signatures on the People’s Vote petitions, giving out stickers, talking to young people and getting them to have a go on our Brexitometer. Reports from inside the festival were that it was awash with our luminous yellow stickers!
We also had teams at Reading station, talking to people as they arrived in the town. Another team headed to the car parks to distribute leaflets about the October 19th march on every windscreen.
We were joined by Peter Cook from the EU Flag Mafia, who kept everyone entertained with his Anti-Brexit music. Reading East MP, Matt Rodda joined us, as did Judith Bunting, Lib Dem MEP, and Labour Councillor and candidate for Reading West, Rachel Eden. Femi from Our Future Our Choice (pictured below) also came along on the Friday. It was great to have such high-profile support.
We encouraged everyone we spoke with to register to vote. We had great support – the vaste majority were massively supportive of what we are doing and they are ready to make their voices heard at the very next opportunity.
The whole campaign was a real bonding experience for everyone involved. Special thanks to the organiser, the key co-ordinators and the base camp hosts! And huge thanks too to everyone who contributed to the Crowdfunder to pay for the stickers and wristbands – we couldn’t have done it without you! We circulated just over 30k of Stickers over the events!
The team enjoyed an ice-cold beer or glass of chilled wine at the end of each day. Here we are, posing for a group photo.
There was little rest for some members of the team, who were back out campaigning the following weekend for Reading Pride. The weather was a bit more wild, but luckily our gazebo and stand stayed put … which is more than can be said for the Conservative Party Gazebo! The day was a great success – we had a huge amount of support and distributed many stickers.
Last Saturday we attended a Rally in Reading, protesting about the Prorogation and against Brexit in general. There was a short procession, followed by a gathering outside the Town Hall for speeches. Matt Rodda, Labour MP for Reading East spoke, as did Dr Phillip Lee, MP for Bracknell and recent joinee of the Lib Dems. There were additional speeches from the Green Party the Lib Dems and the Women’s Equality Party. Thanks to the local Lib Dems for organising this event. It was a great success and we had several heartfelt speeches from members of Berkshire for Europe too. There may well be more Rallies in the local area in the next few weeks – please keep an eye on our Facebook page and website for updates.