Happy New Year

I wanted to wish everyone a happy new year and give you a few thoughts on a sad night for us all

After 4 and a half years of fighting today the leavers finally get their sunny uplands…

But no amount of rose tinting of the spectacles that they wear can hide the fact that Brexit is bad news for this country. Despite Johnson and his deal, there will be no unicorns.

Whilst the cliff edge disaster of no deal has been avoided there is much in the deal, or rather not in the deal, that is bad news for our once great country. For example, over 70% of our GDP comes from services which are not covered in the deal. So, whilst we might not see the cliff edge drop, we will see a slow decline over time.

But the EU is not just about trade and there are many other aspects of Brexit that will cause British people to lose out and that will impoverish this nation, such as the loss of the right to live, love and work on OUR continent.

But no matter what, we know Brexit has no legitimacy.

We know the Leave narrative was false and misleading with the likes of Johnson, Gove and Farage telling lie after lie.

We know the Leave campaign broke Electoral law and Data Protection Laws.

We know that the May Government admitted in court that the referendum was seriously flawed.

We know that the May Government relied on legal loopholes to continue the Brexit Process.

These are also reasons why we know that we are in the right.

These are also reasons why we know we will eventually prevail.

The Leave Campaign lost the moment they broke the law.

The Leave Campaign lost the moment they started lying.

Yes, the last few days have been difficult for us with the actions of Starmer and the Labour Party, and there will be difficult days ahead, especially as the UK itself may break up as a result of this tragedy.

But from here on in there is only one direction to go – and that direction is Rejoin.

The UK WILL retake its rightful place at the heart of the EU

Policy Statement Regarding Labours Position on the Deal

The issue of what Labour should do over the deal is very contentious throughout the rejoin movement and causing controversy not just within the ranks of labour supporters. Whilst some see labour supporting the deal as a practical issue to avoid no deal, others see it as Starmer legitimising brexit and betraying the remain movement. Please be in no doubt that feelings are running very high on this issue.

However we must reiterate that our overall Campaign policy is that we are here to set the agenda and not follow the agenda of others. That applies across the board including to Starmer.

It is our intention to push all parties to reject the legitimacy of Brexit and support rejoining unequivocally. We are therefore very concerned about Starmer’s actions regarding the deal and of the opinion that Labour should abstain to avoid any impression of giving legitimacy to Brexit.

Furthermore, arguments that Starmer needs to consider the red wall voters do not hold any water with us. We are of the opinion that what is needed from Starmer is leadership rather than following the crowd on the issue, and that he should take a clear stance and then deal with the fallout.

Polical parties – a call to arms

I find this graphic very interesting as it shows where remian and leave support sits in terms of political parties. Whilst things have changed since 2016, with for example, only 19% of those who voted Remain in 2016 voting Tory last December, it does show two things very clearly.

Firstly, this shows that any Campaign to Rejoin the EU has to be cross party in nature otherwise we simply will not have the support needed to win a further referendum. This has considerable implications for what we can and cannot support as a Campaign. Anything we do support has to have broad support within the Rejoin community, meaning we must stay very focused on our primary goals and objectives that will directly help us to achieve them.

Secondly, this shows that within the support base for every party, even those considered to be pro European, there is an element that is against our EU membership. Such people will be active within all those parties trying to stop that party supporting our cause. The practical implications for us of that are that we must be active in promoting our cause, building our support within each party, and trying to get rejoin onto the agenda of all political parties.

So one of the first practical steps anyone in this group can take along the long road back to EU membership is to consider joining the party which most closely matches your views, becoming active in that party, standing for positions of influence within that party and maybe even standing for election.

A second practical step would be to join us in one of our political sub groups on Facebook which we have established to foster the pro European debate within the political parties and to help us get Rejojn and associated issues onto the agenda of each party by, for example, putting motions forward to party conferences. This would be especially important if you are already a member of a political party and know how that party works. If you hold a position of influence within that party even better.

So if you support a particular political party please help us by joining one of our Facebook political party sub-groups listed below. Links to them can be found in this post

Green Rejoin EU Group
Labour – Rejoin EU Group
Lib Dem Rejoin
Conservatives Rejoin the EU
Ailymuno Plaid Cymru Rejoin the EU
SNP Rejoin the EU
Alliance Party Rejoin the EU
SDLP Rejoin the EU

For some of these groups we are actively looking for people to join us in running and promoting them – please get in touch if you want to help. Also if the polictal party you support is not listed please get in touch and we will set up a group for you.

I know many people want to see a new single issue political party established. I will address that subject in another blog post in the next few days.

Erasmus – Johnson’s Berlin Wall by Robert Braban

Erasmus – Johnson’s attempt at a Berlin Wall.

In 1961 the East German regime built the Berlin Wall to protect their flawed ideology from being exposed through contact of their citizens with those in the free West.

The refusal of Johnson to allow UK young people to have the advantage of continued participation in the Erasmus programme is his personal version of the Berlin Wall; this time starting to build a Psychological barrier between democracy in the EU and nationalism in Little England.

The Berlin Wall survived and oppressed those it entrapped for almost thirty years. Johnson’s psychological barrier must not be permitted to become established and must be blocked at every attempt.

The excuse that there are ample world-wide university programmes now available is designed to give the impression that Johnson has somehow introduced new opportunities. He has not. Any opportunities now available were there in addition to Erasmus.

Happy Christmas!

Well here we are at Christmas 2020.

I know from looking over comments in the group and on our page that many people are feeling quite down at the moment. That is perfectly understandable given what is going on in the country. Between an inept, dishonest and incompetent government, Brexit and the worst pandemic in a century things are pretty bad.

I wish I could wave a magic wand and make things better but I can’t. There is however cause for optimism with the pandemic. We have several vaccines that do appear to work quite well and despite the best efforts of our government, we are fortunate enough to live in a country that can afford to pay for the vaccine.

Brexit is a different matter. Whatever happens with regards to a deal, what I can say is this. On 1st January there is only one way to for us to go. Upwards.

We know we are right and we know the EU is right for the UK.

What’s more we did not and have not resorted to any of the deceitful, devious or undemocratic methods of the leave campaign. We can hold our heads up high. The Leave Campaign cannot.

Over the next couple of weeks we will start to move some of our ideas forward and we will be asking for volunteers to help with that. We will also be asking you, our members, for your ideas to help with the campaign. So instead of feeling down, please think about what you could do to help out with our upcoming challenges, and start thinking about what ideas you have that may help us to prevail.

I can’t promise it will be an easy fight, but given that right is on our side, we will win. It is only a matter of time until the UK is back at the heart of the EU.

2021 will be the start of our fightback!

I wish you all a peaceful and happy Christmas.

The Wonders of Brexit

The wonders of Brexit coming to a town near you.

After Brexit the United Kingdom is going to be amazing – every morning I’m going to wake up in my Union Jack jimmy-jams to the sound of a squadron of Spitfires racing overhead and leaving a trail of hot buttered crumpets behind them.

I’ll run to the corner shop past all the happy Scottish and English children who are laughing and squealing with excitement and delight as they make a beautiful statue of the Queen out of happy wriggling British Bulldog puppies – with two Corgis for her eyebrows!

Bunting flutters everywhere in the ‘gin clear’ blue sunny sky and the man from the betting shop steps into the street – “guess what! England just won the World Cup & The Ashes & The Queens’s horse the Grand National and here’s the best bit – Boris Johnson put a bet on it for everyone! we’re all MILLIONAIRES!!! hip hip Hurray! “

The Red Arrows and Lancaster bombers fly overhead dropping ‘fish and chips’ on tiny fluffy white parachutes along with lashings of ginger beer to the appreciative gathered crowds below; as I walk into the corner shop to get my morning paper full of good British news “Good morning, how much please?” I say to Mr. Mohammad’s son, “one penny Sir, everything in the whole shop now costs just one penny!” he laughs, “leave it on the counter, I’m off back to Pakistan – we all are!”

Gosh, he’s right! outside in the streets jolly old Nigel Farage is leading a huge crowd of happy smiley Johnny foreigners – Turks, Poles, Romanians, Syrians – there’s even a few English and Scottish people with heavy suntans mixed up in there! Nigel’s playing ‘Rule Britannia’ on a long pipe, rather like the pipe that takes the gas into your oven, and they’re all following and smiling and talking foreign, bless them!

Just then our exalted PM, Boris Johnson flies overhead in a Concorde made of Bank of England gold, powered by Scottish oil – “don’t worry!” he laughs “I’ve cut out all the bits the French, Spanish and Germans made!” and with that he crashes into the ground at 1200 mile/h.

Courtesy Dave Lewis from a post on our Facebook group.

One Year On

A year ago just after the depressing news of Johnson’s win I was scrolling through Facebook when i came across a meme that said the campaign to rejoin the EU starts now.

I thought yes why not? Why should we just roll over and accept what has just happened? And why shouldn’t we start to campaign to rejoin now?

So, I started a little Facebook group expecting to end up with around 80 to 100 members and here we are a year later with around 21,500 members in this group alone…

Initially we expanded very quickly and started developing ideas for our campaign. For example, we came up with the idea for our #IAmEuropean campaign for the 2021 census, we started planning regional social meet ups, and alwo some form of pro EU summer festival.

But as we moved into February and March, far more pressing concerns about covid brought most of our plans to a grinding halt, and it is fair to say it has been a difficult and often frustrating year where many of our ideas have had to be put on the back burner.

However, over the last year we have achieved much and have spent a lot of time developing our infrastructure to the point where we now have a variety of different sub groups and pages on Facebook, various twitter and Instagram accounts and a website. We have built a presence and we are starting to influence.

We have developed our four-point plan to move towards our ultimate goal of rejoining the EU and are working towards each one. These four points are:

  1. To challenge the legitimacy of Brexit
  2. To promote the benefits of EU membership.
  3. To place rejoining the EU onto the agenda of the main political parties
  4. To develop, grow and maintain our Rejoin Movement and our European identity

For many people what is going on at present is very difficult with the shadow of no deal hanging over us and our country in just a few short days time, but we have to keep our hope and our belief that we will right this wrong, and that the UK will retake its rightful place at the heart of the EU.

We face a difficult journey and, for that journey to be successful, we need to move on from the events of the past, including the mistakes. What has happened has happened and we cannot change the past. Fighting amongst ourselves will not solve anything, and neither will trying to place blame onto one group of people or another. Both must stop and stop now.

We need to recognise that we are a diverse movement that has support from all sections of the UK population and amongst British people who live in other countries – all ages, all ethnicities, all religions, all geographic regions, and all political views etc etc support our goals, and we need to bridge those divides and work together to achieve our goals if we are to succeed.

Whatever does happen on the 31st December, we cannot sink any lower, and we start the journey to rejoining on 1st January.

The time for talking will stop and the time for action will begin and each and everyone of us needs to ask ourselves what we can do to help because there is a lot that needs doing.

Thank you for being part of this journey over the last 12 months. Covid still hangs over us, but as the threat recedes due to the wonderful efforts of our NHS and the Scientific community, hopefully the next 12 months will be a little easier for us than the last, and we will be able to advance our cause.

I hope you will join me in thanking the team of volunteers that runs our organisation, including the people that run this group. At times it has been a lot of hard work and it has not always been an easy or straightforward task.

We will prevail. Here’s to the next 12 months…

Criminal Lies

We have seen throughout politics politicians saying things that are not true or that are intended to mislead people. Why do we accept this as a norm? We even listen to people say ‘oh well they all lie don’t they?’ Are we really going to accept that!? I don’t think so. 

Brexit and Trump brought in an extreme level of ‘just say whatever you want and someone will believe it’ politics. The reason why it has been allowed to get so bad is not just due to poor critical thinking skills but also no repercussions for simply lying to voters. 

You’d think something as serious as misleading or lying to the voters would be illegal… but somehow we are in a position where people have accepted it. Why would any believer in democratic systems and processes accept such a thing? 

We could campaign to change it especially if we find enough people who are against lying in politics…

Sign my petition which calls for the introduction of criminal sanctions on MPs who intentionally or recklessly mislead the public with written or unwritten statements. 

It is time we had people running the country who are not playing games but just want to run the country well and for the benefit of the people. 

Sign the petition if you are against lying to the people