The Staffs 4 Europe campaign group, which now has branches covering parliamentary constituencies in Newcastle under Lyme, Stoke on Trent, Stafford, Stone, Lichfield and the Moorlands, has joined other Pro-EU groups from across the UK in making a direct appeal to the European Union to keep all options open on Brexit – including the possibility of Brexit being reversed.
More than a hundred grassroots campaigning groups have signed an open letter to the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, asking him not to do anything that would place obstacles in the way of a new referendum – and urging him to make provision for the possible revocation of Article 50.
The initiative has been coordinated by ‘Grassroots for Europe’ a network of local activists across the UK in what is fast becoming the EU’s largest mass movement.
Their letter was delivered on Sunday to Mr Tusk’s office ahead of Sunday’s EU Summit, when ministers from the EU27 accepted the draft Withdrawal Agreement. It calls on him to recognise that the Prime Minister, who was in Brussels on Saturday, does not represent the majority view – and that more and more people are turning against Brexit as they’ve come to understand its implications.
More than 160 grassroots groups campaigning to stop Brexit have sprung up since the 2016 referendum in towns and cities across the UK. Its supporters took part in an unprecedented mass demonstration in London last month – when 700,000 people marched on Parliament to demand a People’s Vote on the Government’s Brexit deal, with an option to Remain. Since then publication of the UK/EU Withdrawal Agreement has sent shock-waves across the political landscape and the possibility that Brexit might not happen at all has begun to become widely accepted. The Prime Minister herself has finally admitted this as a possibility – and last week Donald Tusk commented that a “no Brexit scenario” was still on the cards.
Staffs 4 Europe (North) Chair, Mike Ottewell (72) said:
“Our campaigners know, from talking every week to ordinary people on streets and doorsteps, that public opinion is changing and people are realising the Brexit deal is nothing like what they were promised or what many of them were persuaded to vote for.
“We are making sure that our MPs know this, understand that many people feel that they have been deceived by a referendum which has been shown to been criminally conducted and manipulated, possibly with outside support from those hostile to the UK.
Polls are now showing that the so-called ‘will of the people’ has changed and there is now a growing demand for the right to reject Brexit.
The Grassroots for Europe letter cites recent opinion polls suggesting 54% of British people would now vote remain, and concluding:
“As representatives of a substantial – quite possibly majority – view of ordinary British people, from all parts of our kingdom, we now ask you to please hear our voices and realise that the mood in the UK has moved against Brexit.
“In this context, we urge you to keep open the possibility of Article 50 being revoked and the UK remaining in the European Union.”
Commenting on the letter, Mike Ottewell said:
“Now that the Withdrawal Agreement has been ratified by the EU, it is expected to be put before the UK Parliament in mid-December. Things are now moving quickly and the national campaign for a public vote is expected to intensify.”
“As part of our ongoing programme, Staffs 4 Europe has arranged for Michael Dougan, Professor of European Law at the University of Liverpool to address a public meeting on Wednesday, 5 December in Stoke on Trent. Michael has been invited to provide his analysis on the Withdrawal Agreement and the legal implications and likely pitfalls for the Government’s proposed ‘free trade’ arrangement with the European Union.”
Tickets can be purchased online from the group’s website: www.staffs4europe.eu
For more information please contact Mike Ottewell
Tel: 07989 602480
Notes for Editors
1. Grassroots for Europe is a network of local pro-EU campaigning groups affiliated to the national People’s Vote campaign and its component national organizations, which it supports and complements.
2. Grassroots for Europe enables peer dialogue and collaboration across the nation between front-line campaigners, and provides a forum for consultation with national campaign leaders.
3. The number of local groups campaigning to stop Brexit is steadily growing and is now over 160. Over 110 groups have so far signed Grassroots for Europe’s letter to Donald Tusk.
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Michael Ottewell, Chair, Staffs4Europe.EU