Staffs4Europe campaigning for a People’s Vote.
Mrs May has published her draft Withdrawal Agreement and if we weren’t sure before, we are now. Brexit is a mess. The draft Agreement satisfies no-
In desperation to get her deal through the “meaningful vote” in parliament the PM has resorted to threatening “My deal or No Brexit”.
But the Article 50 clock is ticking and some MPs are concerned that if they don’t support the deal the alternative is a no-deal catastrophe.
Write to your MP today. Tell them you are Not Buying It and that there is another way. Ask them to do what’s best for the country. Vote the deal down and support a People’s Vote, a referendum between Mrs May’s Deal and Remain.
Do it now. Take action to day.
Tell your MP there is another way.
A People’s Vote.
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Recent Street Stalls
We have recently been busy canvassing and leafleting but have still found time for street stalls.
Hanley 29th September
Stoke on Trent was a big target for us. We didn’t think we were ready for the challenge but took the plunge for the September action day and were pleasantly surprised with our results. Local people are becoming more aware of what Brexit really means with some saying how duped they felt after the referendum. Most surprisingly some who still class themselves as Leave voters confessed they are not really bothered whether we Leave or Remain; they just want someone to listen to them. The Brexit at any price hecklers were there but in quiet voice and we got good publicity from the local press.
If Stoke on Trent is the Brexit capital then we believe it is still all to play for.
Stafford 17th November
Staffs4Europe(South) held their first stall in Stafford on Saturday 17th November. The seven volunteers signed up 61 new supporters and were delighted that their local MP Jeremy Lefroy (pictured right) stopped to talk to them. 75% of visitors supported a People’s Vote, only 9% believe the government were doing a good job while only 1 in 7 thought Brexit would be good for their family & NHS. A warm welcome to our new supporters from Stafford.
Leek 17th November
A queue formed while we were setting up our stall. The majority of those queuing were arch Leavers keen to engage and warn us of the perils of the EU. They attracted attention to our stall and passers by stopped to listen to the discussion. We were busy all morning with people queuing to ask where they could sign to object to Brexit and demand another vote. The oldest was 90 year old Margery Clulow (picture left) who voted Leave but would now vote Remain. We signed up many new supporters and handed out dozens of post cards addressed to local MPs. Pictured below is 84 year old Norma Hassell, initially a Remain voter posting a card to Karen Bradley telling her that she now feels even more strongly in favour of Remain having learned more about it. Thank you to everyone who signed up in Leek.
Next street stall, Lichfield Grub Club Stall
Lichfield Market Square, from 5:00pm 28th November. Contact Staffs4Europe(South) via the website for details.
People’s Vote March
On 20th October people from Macclesfield and across Staffordshire carrying flags, banners, campaign T-shirts and even cake clambered aboard the Staffs4Europe coach to travel to the People’s March. More travelled from Stoke on Trent and others made their own way from Stafford by train.
We arrived in London to glorious sunshine. The route down Park Lane was already packed and our group was soon absorbed into the mass of people.
The atmosphere was friendly, conversations were struck with strangers. Our “Staffordshire’s Not for Brexit” T-shirts attracted much attention. “Staffordshire!” exclaimed one lady, “It’s good to see you here.”
We passed morris dancers, jazz musicians, people picnicking in the park, we enjoyed the amusing banners. Some were cryptic such as “Ctrl-Z Brexit”, others amusing puns: “We’ll brie sorry if May delivers the Wurst Brexit. I wouldn’t put it Pasta!” while others gave advice: “Measure twice, cut once”.
By 3:30pm we had come to a halt in Trafalgar Square. Whitehall was packed and there was no chance we could get through to Parliament Square. Mike who was thoroughly enjoying the experience of his first march saw the bright side “It doesn’t matter we can’t get through, it’s more important that so many people made the effort to support the demand for a People’s Vote,” he said.
Our thanks to Hugh Hudson and Peter Coates for their generous sponsorship which had enabled two coaches, including ours, to take campaigners from Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire to the march.
Visit from Lord Adonis and Femi Oluwole
On Monday 5th November in a lively packed meeting held at the County Staff Club in Stafford, 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.
He was followed by Femi Oluwole of Our Future Our Choice, who told the audience of over 100 people that the young citizens of the whole of
Europe wanted to “live, work and 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 of both leave and remain voters.
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.
Besides the street stalls, which are fun and enjoyable as we meet and chat with our fellow townspeople, a few of us have also spent many hours trudging the streets delivering and collecting the Knock and Drop People’s vote survey and pushing leaflets through doors. As the survey draws to an end this week we still need extra hands-on support to run more frequent stalls and to encourage friends and relatives to visit or write to their MPs.
Calendar of Events
24th - OFOC event, Trinity Hall, Stafford. 3:00-4:00pm
28th - Staffs4Europe (South) street stall. Lichfield Market Square, from 5:00pm
5th - Brexit Insights talk by Prof Michael Dougan, North Staffs Medical Institute, Hartshill, 7:00pm
Things are moving quickly, events are listed at short notice. Visit Staffs4Europe web site to stay informed.
Come on supporters, lend a hand.
If (or should that now be ‘when’?) we get another vote,
we’ll need all hands to the pump for a
grassroots campaign of the ordinary person!
Elizabeth Baker - Staffs4Europe Steering Group