Staffs 4 Europe has held the second of a series of public meetings intended to explain the case for having a final say on the Government’s proposals for leaving the European Union.
Guest speakers at the meeting held in Stafford were Andrew Adonis a former Labour cabinet minister and Femi Oluwole representing, Our Future Our Choice with the views of the younger generation, which has more to lose if the country makes a bad decision over Brexit.
A follow-up meeting is planned for Wednesday 5 December. This will be held in the Wade Hall at the North Staffordshire Conference Centre, Hartshill, Stoke on Trent. The guest speaker will be Professor Michael Dougan, an expert in EU law.
"We have asked Professor Dougan to outline the implications of a ‘close co-operation’ deal in which the country must decide how far it is prepared to follow EU laws and regulations, while having limited influence over their formulation," explains Staffs 4 Europe (North) Chair, Mike Ottewell 72.
It was standing room only at the meeting in Stafford, where Andrew Adonis presented a powerful case for allowing both leave and remain voters to have the final say on the Government’s eventual Brexit deal. His talk was complemented by Femi Oluwole, who told the audience that as things stand, leaving the European Union will not achieve the expectations of the people who voted for Brexit. We will have less control and we will still have to follow the laws set out by the European Union. Currently we have around 10 percent of the EU’s voting weight and that is a dominant position, that is control.
“We make trade with our neighbours, it is just common sense for geographical reasons, any move to disrupt this will be bad for the country. It is always going to be cheaper to trade with other countries in Europe. During the referendum campaign, nobody bothered to explain how the single market operates and its benefits – even the BBC website explanation has had to be corrected since the referendum.
“This bothers me because we are about to make a massive decision based on a lack of basic information,” he said.
Femi also stressed the importance of freedom of movement because this will affect the future careers of young people, "who will be denied their rights as citizens of the whole of Europe, to be able to live, work and fall in love” wherever and whenever they wanted.
The meeting concluded with a question and answer session, with both speakers dealing with various concerns from an audience on both sides of the discussion. Many of the leave voters present, voiced concerns over the Government’s handling of Brexit – something they had in common with both speakers, though of course for different reasons.
Lord Andrew Adonis Femi Oluwole