Stop Brexit 12 regional rallies – North West Event

Please help us to support the North West regional rally, one of 12 rallies on 14 October to stop Brexit. The rally will be a great opportunity to meet fellow Remainers and hear from a great line up of speakers including Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson.

We are fundraising to cover the costs of hiring a venue, printing leaflets and a large banner to be used for future events. To join contribute to our Crowdfunder click here.

The rally is hosted by Liverpool for Europe which is run entirely by volunteers and has no funding sources apart from its members. We would be grateful for any donations – no matter how small.

Please donate and we hope to see you at the rally in Croxteth Park on the 14th October. See the event page on Facebook here for more information on rally itself and use Eventbrite to secure your tickets (numbers are limited).

 

People’s March in London – 9th September 2017

As planned, the coach left Liverpool at 5:30 and stopped at Knutsford to pick up our Mancunian friends.

We joined the cortège at the Curzon gate near the Hilton on Park Lane, waited patiently for everyone to arrive then set off to Parliament Square.

The speeches were uplifting, the crowd good humoured and Liverpool’s presence didn’t go unnoticed : our own Graham Hughes was the Master of Ceremonies and Steve Gavin shared the stage with MPs, MEPs, the no 10 Vigil and many more but outstaged them all !


To find out more, please visit https://peoplesmarch4eu.org/ and
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSV6RdghG48&feature=youtu.be

Next, Liverpool for Europe will be at Manchester on Oct 1st . For more details go to https://www.stopbrexitmarch.com/ and our Facebook page.

Liverpool for Europe goes to the People’s March

The ‘Autumn of Discontent’ will kick off with the People’s March in London on September 9th, and Liverpool for Europe has arranged for the coach to take you there and back. Come with us and rise up to the occasion on Saturday the 9th of September.

Just follow this link to book your seats.

If it is difficult for you to come to Liverpool that morning (departing 5:30am from the World Musuem), we have arranged for a pick-up point in Knutsford about 6:15am. Please email info@liverpoolforeurope.org if you would prefer to board the bus at that pick-up point.

There are lots of reasons to make this effort: now is the time to tell everybody that we do not want Brexit to go ahead; it might be our last chance to make this happen and we should be prepared to use it. Every single individual will be needed at every single event to show that we are many and we are determined to do something about Brexit! We have to come out in force at every single opportunity to demonstrate to our politicians in Parliament and our government that we are a force to be reckoned with. Come and demonstrate that you are part of the open and outward looking Britain that values the community of their closest neighbours, prepared to participate in their democratic Union as an equal member among other nations all under one rule of law, an institution that has granted us peace for more than 70 years!

We have this coach to take you to this first big event of this autumn. More information about the march can be found here: https://peoplesmarch4eu.org.

Please share this with your friends, especially with your friends in the Liverpool City Region. Our voices matter.

 

Click here to book your seats

 

Successful launch of Liverpool for Europe

Thank you to Dan Warren for this write-up of the Liverpool for Europe launch event.

Officially launching the group; Liverpool for Europe held an event this week in the city. At this pivotal moment as we enter the General Election, and the UK begins negotiations with the European Union the strength of feeling within Liverpool has been growing. A feeling and solidarity that can be replicated up and down the country. Walking towards the CoWorkz on Brunswick Street near the waterfront you got the first sense of this with the EU blue flag, inclusive of the group emblem as the window display showing how deep this feeling goes.

After a short time for food and networking the chair of the group welcomes everyone with how the group has grown since June. Brenda Bixter then added: “If someone had told me two years ago, I would be chairing a political meeting, I would not have believed it”. Laughter was then heard throughout the audience with the words: “We are not behind Theresa May… although with the image of standing next to a cliff edge, it is tempting”. Liverpool itself voted massively for remain last June, and is seen as a vibrant, friendly and welcoming place to be proud of to it’s residents and new arrivals. “We have several (non UK) nationals who have been here for decades and are now unsure of their future”.

The goal of the group is to bring the community together and discuss building momentum, both in the short and long term. Campaign Officer Steve Gavin, then spoke about the aims moving forward: “we believe that Liverpool is a great European City & Liverpool for Europe wants it to stay that way.” Steve added: “to achieve this aim we are committed to carrying out activities that keep the remain campaign in the public eye.”

Professor Michael Dougan, from the University of Liverpool was the invited speaker for the evening. The Professor of EU Law has gained a great following since before the vote in June through his online videos which have received views into the millions, and has been invited to speak all over the country. Michael began speaking on his four predictions made before June 23rd , which were cast out as “project fear” by some, but now proving “project reality”. The first was the risk to protective regulations on social & environmental matters by leaving. The Great Repeal Bill has been mentioned by May’s government. The second was the risk to UK unity. Nicola Sturgeon (First Minister of Scotland) has recently put across again her pledge for a second Scottish referendum on independence. There is also the issue of the Northern Irish border with the Republic of Ireland that would still be in the EU. The third considers the time it would take to leave as negotiations can’t start until the divorce is settled, not 18 months that the government hopes for. The fourth and last considers our trade deals with the rest of the world once leaving has been completed. Michael also doesn’t mince his words calling May’s government “viciously antidemocratic” and Brexiteers are still “fighting the campaign over and over”, and not preparing the country for what lies ahead.

Short speeches from local political candidates were then given, starting with Graham Hughes, an independent. Graham is an adventurer who traveled back from South America to stand against Labour Stephen Twigg, and knows how tough trade would be across the world rather than on our doorstep within the EU. Councillor Richard Kemp of Liverpool City Council spoke about how Europe is at the centre of the Lib Dem manifesto for the upcoming general election. Richard added: “We demand a second referendum. People decided to go on the path to leave. As negotiations make clear what leave entails, they need to vote”, with the party united on this. The Mayoral candidate Tom Crone of the Green Party then spoke: “EU made rational policies to protect the environment.” A Bonfire of regulations” is seen as a real threat”. Existing MP and election candidate for Wirral South; Alison McGovern of the Labour Party defended membership of the single market and importance of getting out to talk to voters.

There was a chance to ask questions of the candidates, and further networking after the panel had finished their speeches. Liverpool for Europe was grateful to all those attending, showing how the movement is growing. The words could be said to be inspiring and motivating from the range of speakers. Professor Dougan himself gave optimism with the words: “never be ashamed of being British” as we are the owners of the true values of this country, not the leave campaigners and officials. Even with the all the depressing news shown by the media on a daily basis, there are reasons to keep positive!

Liverpool City Region Mayoral Hustings

The Liverpool City Region Mayoral election on the 4th of May is fast approaching and several hustings events have been organised in the region to give the candidates a chance to discuss various areas of their policy for their 3 year term.

To bring EU and Brexit issues to the forefront of the debates, Liverpool for Europe are looking to get as many people as possible to attend the events and to have pre-planned questions to give the maximum chance of one of Liverpool for Europe’s questions being asking.

Questions for each of the hustings are related to a specific issue e.g. business issues, youth issues, voluntary sector but there are many Brexit related issues that can fit into these areas. If you can make it please mark yourself as attending on the Facebook events below, and whether you can attend or not please post some suggested questions related to the EU/Brexit that can be asked on behalf of Liverpool for Europe at the event.

4th April – CBI

6th – April – VS6 Voluntary Sector Debate

12th April – Youth Focus NW

27th April – Compass

Liverpool for Europe: Article 50? Not in our name

On the day Theresa May triggers Article 50, we reaffirm that Liverpool is a European city, welcoming, open and generous. We will assemble in front of the Liverpool Philarmonic Hall, walk Hope Street towards the Metropolitan Cathedral and end at the Guild of Students for 6 pm. The event is organised by Liverpool for Europe and more details can be found on the Facebook event page.

 

Dress code: black… or blue with stars. Musicians (from the Phil or otherwise!) welcome with their instruments if they wish.
An event organised by the Young Greens at the guild will then take place (free, but tickets required: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/terry-talks-1-what-do-young-people-want-from-brexit-wterry-reintke-mep-tickets-32931069716)

 

 

Stop The Silence Campaign in Liverpool

Liverpool City Region Mayoral candidate, Carl Cashman, joined citizens in the Walton area of the city on 12th March to show their support for the national `Stop the Silence’ campaign. Three billboards in Merseyside promote the message that Government and Parliament are not listening to the people of the UK. Whether they voted to remain or leave the EU in the referendum, they did not vote for price hikes, hate crimes or leaving the single market. At both local and national level, concerned groups have worked together to provide both information and platforms of discussion about the EU and the political developments around Brexit.

Carl Cashman said, “Democracy is Parliament listening to the concerns of the people it represents. Liverpool and the rest of the UK are not playing-chips in a game of poker to be won or lost. We want to know what the Government has planned and how our futures will be affected. Silencing us on the premise of giving Prime Minister May maximum ability to negotiate a Brexit deal with Europe is destructive to our democracy and to our British traditions.”

 

Liverpool and the City Region are beneficiaries of large amounts of EU funding. This has been used to diversify its economy to provide jobs, fund major projects and increase the standard of living for its residents. The current Conservative Government is disingenuous in its intentions to create a “Northern Powerhouse”. Disregard for the needs of the region is demonstrated by its favouritism towards Tory voting areas in the South of England through attempted diversion of EU funding from Northern cities [1] and private agreements with the Surrey council [2].

 

‘Stop the Silence’ is a national campaign with almost a hundred locations across the country that will ensure that the message can be seen by over ten million people. In addition to the billboards, powerful artwork and an emotive video are available on the ‘Stop the Silence’ campaign’s website, YouTube and Facebook sites. ‘Stop the Silence’ was crowdfunded by over 3,500 donors, raising £70,000 in just two weeks.

 

The key messages of the campaign are:

  • Ordinary people, regardless of how they voted in the Referendum, are being excluded from the ongoing Brexit debate. 
  • Many feel intimidated by the tone and manner of the debate and are afraid to speak out.
  • Those that are brave enough to speak out feel that no one is listening.

 

Discussions about Brexit, its practicalities and consequences will not stop with the Article 50 notification. They are now more important than ever. Refusing to be silenced, many people from all over Merseyside and the Wirral will be going all the way to Parliament, joining the ‘Unite for Europe’ National March on the Saturday 25th of March in London [3].

 

 

NOTES –

The `Stop the Silence´ campaign is promoted locally by members of three Merseyside groups: `Liverpool for Europe´, `European Movement Merseyside´ and `Southport for Europe´.

[1] “Merseyside to miss out on €100m EU cash after Supreme Court rejects Liverpool council appeal”, Liverpool Echo, 25th March 2015, http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/merseyside-miss-out-100m-eu-8718067

 

[2]”Surrey council leader ‘had gentleman’s agreement’ with ministers”, The Guardian, 7th March 2016 https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/mar/07/surrey-council-leader-had-gentlemans-agreement-with-ministers

[3] https://www.uniteforeurope.org/ ; coach from Liverpool: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/unite-for-europe-liverpool-goes-to-parliament-tickets-32364971501

Stop the Silence website – http://www.stopthesilence.co.uk/

Stop the Silence billboard locations – http://www.stopthesilence.co.uk/sample-page/