An enormous thank you to Gina Miller for sharing her insights with us on November 15th, the same day that Theresa May was hit by a string of resignations over the contents of the Withdrawal Agreement and the odds of it winning Parliament's approval nosedived. Of course, it’s thanks to Gina's battle in the Supreme Court that our Government is required to seek Parliament's approval on the agreement at all.
It was a lively evening, with a full house of 230 ticket-holders (we also had a waiting list of over 60). The audience included several groups of 6th-form students from local schools Sir John Lawes, Roundwood and St George's. The students were invited to submit questions for Gina beforehand.
Some of the key takeaways from the evening were these:
1. We are not just fighting to remain, we are fighting for the kind of country in which we want to live.
2. Brexit is doing huge damage to "Brand Britain" throughout the world.
3. More & more MPs are finally - albeit late in the day - just how catastrophic No Deal would be.
4. We need an extension to article 50 ASAP or process will take over.
5. The only way out is a People’s Vote but that has to be gifted to us through an Act of Parliament.
6. She has inside sources who claim that there are "not many blockages" to Corbyn coming on-side.
7. All remain groups need to put aside their differences and egos and act as one - this is crucial.
8. We all need to get outside our bubbles, talk with different people and in a different way.
9. We must develop a Remain manifesto that addresses the very real issues that led people to vote Leave.
10. The EU will miss us most not because of trade but as the Anglo Saxon pivot that keeps the peace.
11. Keep contacting Bim - fill his inbox, request meetings, go to surgeries & his upcoming Brexit consultation.
12. However, pressure will also increase from higher levels, as we've seen with Jo Johnson's resignation.
13. In Britain we tend to think the EU is about trade - we must never forget that the true intention was PEACE.
13. Idea that we can leave now & rejoin at some future point is misleading. It would be extremely difficult to do so.
Thanks to everybody who came. It was great to see such a range of ages and backgrounds there, as well as representatives from several different political parties.
Thank you too to our amazing volunteer team, who made the event possible!
On October 20th, Harpenden for Europe joined marchers from across the UK as they took to the streets of London to demand a People's Vote on the outcome of Brexit negotiations. Organisers were expecting a turnout of hundreds of thousands but even they were stunned that an incredible 700,000 people arrived: easily one of the largest demonstrations in UK history.
Local support also exceeded all expectations. HfE organisers counted 250 marchers travelling from Harpenden train station at the same time, which doesn't include those on earlier or later trains or travelling by other means.
Harpenden for Europe organiser Philip Gaskell said: “Residents tell us they think Brexit is an utter disaster: they are angry at the way they are being let down by politicians and they are terrified of the consequences that a no-deal Brexit would bring for the economy and their children.
“The massive turn-out speaks volumes for the depth of feeling that exists on this issue. Our MP, Bim Afolami, needs to wake up and listen to his constituents’ concerns about Brexit and start to properly represent their views in Parliament.”
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