Wajid Khan MEP comments on the resignation of David Davis

David Davis’ resignation makes case for People’s Vote even stronger

David Davies MPTheresa May has shown no leadership on negotiations, and now she has shown she cannot lead her own Brexiteer cabinet.

If David Davis is right about one thing, it’s that the deal reached at Chequers would make the UK a vassal state. Instead of “taking back control” Theresa May wants to “give back control” by continuing to take Brussels’ rules but having no say in them. But Davis is wrong in claiming that simply walking away would be the better option for our country. He and his hard-Brexit allies are willing to sacrifice everything for their own intra-Cabinet running battles. 

From businesses like Airbus and BMW, to healthcare unions and people I meet every day – this country is sick of being held hostage by some backwards Brexiteers. It’s time for Theresa May to promise the British people a People’s Vote so that we can have a final say on the Brexit deal.

This government has shown its incompetence in managing Brexit, and even in managing its own infighting. So a People’s Vote is a sensible check on the deal, and it puts the deal back where it belongs – in the hands of the British public. It is a chance to measure the endless promises made by politicians, against how much it will actually address the issues that motivated them to cast their vote one way or another.

The People’s Vote campaign has motivated people from all political backgrounds to unite around a simple idea – that the final Brexit deal is important enough that people deserve the chance to vote on the final say. If the debacle after Chequers tells us anything, it is that we cannot leave it to the Conservative Government. We have to give people a choice.

Wajid spoke at our Stop Brexit event in Chester on 30 June – you can see his opening remarks and an inspiring tale about hope and Nelson Mandela in these videos  …

 

Wajid said  “It was a real privilege to speak at this event and I am inspired by the work that you are doing.”

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Letters to Chester Standard

Some of our supporters have been published in the Chester Standard this week:

Chester for Europe

Chris Matheson should take note of the Lewisham East By Election result. Unless he gets off the fence on Brexit, those who want a People’s Vote on the final deal to avoid a damaging no deal Brexit will not vote Labour again.

The people started the Brexit process so the people need a vote on what the politicians deliver.

A 19 percent swing from Labour to the Liberal Democrats in Chester would wipe out Mr Matheson’s majority and hand the seat back to the Tories.

One has to wonder if our MP thinks doggedly following the Brexit backing Mr Corbyn is worth it.

Brexit is bigger than party politics and our MP should not be a bystander.

Emma

The march in London on 23 June is of pivotal importance.  And I encourage people to join 70 of us going from Chester.  This is not a done deal.  Even David Davis said a democracy allow us to change our minds.

We have elections every five years so voters can put a different political party in power.  Brexit is forever and we have had two years of information proving the complexities and tangible risks.

We have the right to change our minds, the right to speak out and the right to march and demonstrate peacefully.

Teresa

There is every need for the Pro Europe march in London on 23 June, to demand a say in the Brexit negotiations. 

The scale of the plotting to subvert the referendum are now becoming exposed.

Two years on we have politicians unable to agree on the way forward.

We do now have a better idea of the complexity of the issues – and of the staggering economic and social costs to this country of leaving the EU.

Every purchase and investment we make as individuals has a legal right to a cooling off period so we can be sure of our commitment. 

Surely no one would persist in lemming leaps over a cliff, without pause to reconsider, when the dangers are evident and there may be alternatives.

It is not – yet – too late to avoid an unmitigated disaster.

It is our grave misfortune to be governed by some of the most hapless incompetent and self serving politicians, many of whom are motivated by political and ideological ambitions rather than the national interest, which is why we must have another say.

Bravo to our MPs on all sides who are challenging them.  Democracy demands that the electorate has another say, and I will accept the outcome, whatever the result.

I shall be marching in London on 23 June.

I owe it to my Grandchildren and their futures.

Novena

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How Brexiteers are planning for a crash-out Brexit

#PeoplesVoteWhy would the Brexiteers in government agree to allow parliament a say if a deal was agreed with the E.U. but not allow parliament a say if there was no deal?

Why have Brexiteers persistently made demands that there should be an open border at one point of the UK (Northern Ireland) but closed borders everywhere else?

Why have the Brexiteers constantly contradicted themselves in areas of trade? They ask for a Free Trade deal but refuse to commit to keep to agreed standards.

Why have they constantly undermined attempts to cooperate in areas of environment protection and security? They ask for cooperation in these highly important areas but refuse to use the only body the E.U. has which can that ensure agreements are not being breached?

Why are Brexiteers like Rees-Mogg, Lord Lawson and Farage moving investment offices to Dublin, seeking residency in France and obtaining E.U. passports for their children?

The answers to all these questions are troubling. Clearly Brexiteers think a no-deal crash-out Brexit is highly likely. Clearly they have never been seriously looking for a deal with the E.U. As ever, it’s going to be one law for the powerful and another for the citizen. Brexiteers are preparing their lifeboats and, just like Titanic, the third class passengers will be left behind. So, Boris Johnson was right when he said we ‘will make a titanic success of Brexit.’ Brexiteers’ definition of success must be different than that of the manufacturing , transport, aviation, financial services, pharmaceuticals and research industries. Unfortunately for us they are not in government and the Brexiteers are not listening to them.

If you work in any of these industries perhaps you want to be writing to your MP to ask what they are doing to ensure we do not end up with a crash-out and sink no-deal Brexit.

Noel is a member of the Chester for Europe campaign group.  Complete our contact form to receive our newsletters and details of the events that we are planning.

Straw Poll Results – 90% of Cestrians Supported the People’s Vote on The Final Brexit Deal

#PeoplesVote boxesStraw polls are notoriously inaccurate., people are missed, too busy or don’t want to comment. So, they aren’t scientific. However, they give an idea of the general mood and the comments people make can be very revealing. Just like the ‘focus groups’ loved by pollsters.

Chester for Europe straw polled pedestrians in Chester passing The Cross and Town Hall Square between 10:30 and 15:30 on Saturday 9th June. They spoke to about 250 people asking the question ‘Who do you trust on the Brexit deal?’ People were given the option of leaving the final decision needed to approve the Brexit deal to politicians or to ask the people. Rather than simply express an opinion or sign a form they were encouraged to place a voting ball in a ballot box. 159 people voted. Of these 145 voted for the People’s Vote to confirm the final deal and 16 voted to leave it to the politicians. This is a majority of all the people asked even those who refused to vote and much higher than the majorities governments achieve in any general election or even at the EU referendum.

Perhaps more revealing than the voting was the comments. Most people, whether Remainers or Leavers, wanted to express their opinions about the way the government was handling Brexit before they placed their vote. Many Leavers supported the idea of a People’s Vote with comments such as:

“We thought we were joining a Common Market and then we ended up with ‘Ever Closer Union.’ Then we thought we were voting Brexit with free trade deals but now it seems it’s going to cost jobs. I don’t trust the political parties on this.”

“I was called a fascist for supporting an English parliament and supporting Brexit. Now we haven’t been given any control. It’s not right.”

“They said it would be the easiest deal ever. David Davis couldn’t negotiate his way out of a wet paper bag.”

Dog with eu flag

Some Remainers who supported the People’s Vote said:

“It’s a mess. I was ready to go along with it because they won but now, it’s a mess. We need a People’s Vote in case they cock it up.”

“Those poor people at Vauxhall’s. The writing’s on the wall.”

“Nothing they promised has been delivered. What about the money for the NHS and all those trade deals? They haven’t a clue what they are doing.”

One Leaver who voted to leave the final decision to the politicians said.

“I’d rather leave it to them. It’s all very complicated. That’s what politicians are there for.”

Some people who declined to vote did express an opinion. One lady said. “I don’t want to be rude but I don’t want to vote. My father was killed in the war in Germany.” Clearly emotional she walked on. She hadn’t been rude at all.

Noel McGlinchey, Chair of Chester for Europe, said “We had lots of conversations today. It was great to hear so many views politely expressed and surprising just how strong the consensus was that there had to be People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal. Of all the people we spoke to only one could be said to have been argumentative and even with that it was politely agreed to differ in the end.”

John Jones, Treasurer Chester for Europe, said, ‘It was really interesting to hear what Leave voters had to say. Most just don’t seem to trust the politicians to protect their rights. They want a say on the final deal.’

Picnic in the Park

ACTIVISTS MARK EUROPE DAY WITH GROSVENOR PARK PICNIC

Chester for Europe campaignersChester for Europe group celebrated the 70th anniversary of the European Union in style with a picnic in Chester’s Grosvenor Park – marking ‘Europe Day’ day with a celebration of British and European food and produce- enjoyed by nationals from across the continent.

The event, on the Sunday 13th May, saw picnickers enjoy fine weather to mark the 70th anniversary of the first post-war initiative for European unity and peace in The Hague in 1948.

Activists joined many others holding similar picnics all over the UK, to celebrate the economic and cultural benefits of EU membership. People of various nationalities came together to share various European foods including Spanish, French, Greek and Italian dishes alongside British produce in a celebration of the diverse food cultures of Europe.

Chester for Europe picnickers also discussed concerns with many passers-by worried over the future of their rights to work and travel freely, including many UK residents and a range of European nationals visiting Chester.

Commenting on the day, event organiser and Chester for Europe Member, Yvonne Hay said:

“I was pleased to see almost continental weather on the day, allowing many events such as this to go ahead and send a message to Downing Street that people value their EU membership.

“A growing number of people are becoming concerned over their rights to right to work, study and live in Europe. Some worried that retirement plans to retire in the sun would no longer be possible. Right now, everybody has these rights – and can easily experience the food and culture of 27 of our nearest neighbour nations; in the future this may not be guaranteed.”

“As a group we are calling on the Government to allow a People’s Vote on the final deal, so they can weigh whatever deal the government comes up with against the benefits they already enjoy. The people began the process, and they should have the final say.”

Fellow activist and picnicker Pete Fryer, also commented:

It was great to celebrate Europe Day in this way, with everyone putting aside their worries to enjoying the sunshine and make many new friends”.

“Many People from all different backgrounds were drawn to the EU flags and came over to chat to us and take leaflets about the group.

“I was struck by the positive reception we received by members of the public increasingly concerned for the future.

“We met one couple – a British Man and his French wife worried that if they left the country whether her residency status would allow her back in. This means they daren’t risk visiting family for fear of not getting back in.

“This is just one story of many where people’s lives are already being affected. We plan to put an end to this uncertainty with events across the summer – during which we hope this lovely weather remains.”

Newsletter 3

Chester City Centre 28 April
Chester for Europe campaigners in our City Centre

Yet another great day campaigning at the Cross on Saturday 28th April.  This time we handed out cards that were designed for the People’s Vote Campaign, to be sent to MPs. We were surprised at how many visitors to the table were willing to take part in this campaign. All the completed cards have been duly sent to the appropriate local MPs. We also signed up a number of new supporters; please consider this Newsletter as a warm welcome to you.

Our next open meeting will be on Wednesday 9th May at 7pm, hosted, very kindly by the great people at (address removed).  The meeting will be used to network the growing support and plan our next events and activities. Please do let us know that you intend to attend, by emailing us on [email protected], or send a message via our website www.chesterforeurope.org. You will be sure of a warm welcome at the meeting.

Please note, there are races on Wednesday afternoon, so town will be very busy and parking will be even more difficult than usual.

Forthcoming events
 

The agenda for the Wednesday 9th meeting will include:

  1. Next street event (Chester or Ellesmere Port)
  2. Anti-brexit rally in London
  3. Chester anti-brexit training day

1.We will decide where and when our next street event will be held.  Possible dates are Saturday 12th or another Saturday in May, either in Chester or Ellesmere Port. Saturday 19th might not be too good a choice, clashing with the Royal Wedding and the Cup Final, though some group members might prefer that date.
 

2.We will also look at the possibility of organising a coach from Chester, for the big rally on 23rd June in London.

3.We are holding a ‘training day’ on Saturday 30th June to empower members in being more effective campaigners. Details will be discussed at the meeting.
 

Please do save both those dates, and watch out for details in our next newsletter.

 

People’s Vote campaign

 

We have distributed leaflets for this campaign at The Cross and through door-to-door deliveries in various parts of Chester.  This is a nationwide campaign demanding a vote on the final Brexit deal, and we urge all our supporters to sign up through the campaign website https://www.peoples-vote.uk/. We are still looking for more volunteers to deliver leaflets, this will also be coordinated during the Wednesday meeting.

 

John Tacon

On behalf of Chester for Europe.

Newsletter Number Two

(Sent to our email subscriber list)

Chester For Europe is Active and Growing!

We have been astounded by the level of support for Chester for Europe and how quickly the group of enthusiastic and passionate members is growing.  Below we outline the ideas and events we are planning at this stage, so please do keep in touch and get involved in local activities.

 

Chester for Europe’s next event
On Saturday 28 April, we will have a stall outside Chester Town Hall, from 11:30 to 2:30.  This follows on from our two successful events at The Cross, so we’ve decided to move to a new venue.

As before, we would love your support at our event.  You can help on the stall, hand out leaflets, and speak to passers-by.  We’ve got postcards were you can write a short message about Brexit to your local MP and let them know how you feel it’s going, or tell them what worries you. We will have our own special posting box for each of our local MPs – so you won’t need a stamp!

People’s Vote campaign

On Saturday, we will be handing out leaflets supporting the “People’s Vote”.  This is a nationwide campaign demanding a vote on the final Brexit deal. Full details are online at: https://www.peoples-vote.uk/.

Britain for Europe and other anti-Brexit campaigning organisations are planning to hold a ‘March for a People’s Vote’ in London on Saturday June 23rd, setting off from Park Lane (corner of Hyde Park) at 1pm.  Some coaches from Liverpool and North Wales will be going there via Chester.  If enough people are interested, we might organise a coach of our own, so please do let us know if this would be of interest on to you via our contact form here.

Save the date

We are organising a grassroots get-together.  There will be speakers followed by workshops from Best for Britain.  Put Saturday 30 June between 2:30 and 5:30pm in your diary.  The venue will be in Chester.

Chester for Europe is growing

Undeterred by the rain, 18 supporters came to our second meeting on the evening of Tuesday 24th at (address withheld).  With the group growing so quickly, we have decided to open a bank account and become more formally organised. We have elected officers: Chair (Noel McGlinchey) and Treasurer (John Jones).  With so many enthusiastic volunteers we have diversified in to separate teams working on events, communications and social media.

Website

We now have our own website: https://chesterforeurope.org/ and we will have our own logo very soon. Can you guess which iconic local image we will use?

As well as giving information about our group’s aims, the website has links to our social media accounts on FaceBook and Twitter, plus details of how to contact us.  We welcome ideas for campaigning and events we can use to promote our pro-EU messages to people locally.

Voices for Europe

Chester for Europe supporter Rachel Ashley is co-writer and vocalist in a music project.  Rachel writes:

Our “In Limbo” songs are out by “Voices for Europe”, which aims to stop people being treated as “Citizens of Nowhere”.  I’d like to ask you to ask your friends to download the EP, all three versions for just the price of a coffee. It’s available on all platforms: iTunes, Amazon and Google Play – Gifting a copy to a “weary Remainer” and a “Leaver in regret” gives you 9 clicks towards a UK Top 40 chart entry for less than “Two pints of lager and a packet of crisps”.

Find out about the project which aims to publicise the plight of EU citizens caught in limbo in the UK, UK Ex-pats caught in limbo in Europe, Windrush generation victims, and ALL “Citizens of Nowhere”:

http://www.brexitrage.com/rage/

The EP has just become No 1 in the Amazon downloads.  If it keeps selling well it will get into the album charts and make waves.  I hope you will help us by buying, tweeting and posting it on social media. If we get this right, we’ll own the media for several weeks and change the game regarding Brexit.

 

John Tacon
On behalf of Chester for Europe.

Newsletter Number One

Sent to everyone on our mailing list:

Thanks for giving Chester for Europe your address, and welcome to our group.

We are holding a meeting for supporters who want to get involved.  It will be at (address withheld) on Tuesday 24 April from 7 to 9pm.

If you would like to come along and be actively involved, please send an email to [email protected]

We also plan to be out campaigning on Saturday 30 April at The Cross in Chester from 11am to 4pm.

John Tacon
on behalf of Chester for Europe
Website:www.chesterforeurope.org
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