We have just received an email from People’s Vote: “Today the Prime Minister has announced that she is postponing the most important vote in the House of Commons for a generation because she knows she cannot secure a Parliamentary majority for her proposed Brexit deal. Therefore we are unfortunately postponing our rally in Parliament Square tomorrow.”
There’s going to be a big rally in London tomorrow, 5 p.m. in Parliament Square, when the big vote is planned in Parliament (I assume the demo will still go ahead if the vote is postponed). There isn’t a Somerset Loves Europe coach for this one, but Devon for Europe are running a coach from Exeter.
If you are thinking of going and would like to car-share, or have company on the train, get in touch with us by email, and we will try to co-ordinate transport.
We will post more information as it emerges.
Taunton Street Stall
Despite the damp, we had some good robust discussions in Taunton High Street on Saturday. I was touched by the depth of the passion of the people opposed to Brexit, and I was actually encouraged that Brexit supporters were prepared to come and make their case and debate with us. I don’t know if we can change people’s attitude to Europe overnight, but the economic argument is starting to hit home. The results of the Brexitometer are pretty clear:
The next Street Stall is this Thursday morning, 09:00 to 13:00. Do please join us if you can.
Crunch time in parliament: write to your MP (again)
Unless you have been hiding under a bush for the last couple of weeks (is there any room for me?!), you will be aware that parliament votes on Mrs May’s proposed Brexit deal this coming Tuesday. There is a good chance that it will be rejected by parliament, but we need to make sure. Our MPs need to know how we feel, so now is the time to write to them; if you have already written, write again today. The Somerset MPs are:
Our research suggests that Rebecca Pow, James Heappey and David Warburton could be persuaded to vote against the proposed deal, and even support a People’s Vote if enough people show their support. Liddell-Grainger, Fysh and Fox are more “hard right”, and less likely to support another referendum, but even they will do what they need to protect their political futures, so it’s worth writing to all of them.
Polling commissioned by Avaaz shows that Britain overwhelmingly rejects Theresa May’s Brexit deal, and wants MPs to vote it down in Parliament.
63% of people with a view say they don’t want the deal if it makes us poorer, as the government says it will. And 70% want MPs to vote it down if they don’t feel it’s in our interest.
Bollocks to Brexit bus in Somerset
Look out for a big yellow bus with a bold statement!
It will be in Somerset on Saturday week (15th December). 09:00: Bournemouth
We will be in Taunton High Street again tomorrow (Saturday 8th), from 10.30 to 2:00 pm., and on Thursday (13th) 09:00 to 1:00 pm. If you can spare the time from your Christmas shopping to help, you will be most welcome. Otherwise, do drop by to say hello.
We are also planning a street stall on the following Saturday (15th). We haven’t decided where yet, but please email us if you can help.
National Action Day
The People’s Vote organisation is holding a National Action day tomorrow (Saturday 8th December). See here to see how you can help. Our Taunton Street Stall (see above) is our contribution.
Thanks to all those in Yeovil that visited our street stall and shared their opinions of Brexit with us.
In the 2016 referendum, South Somerset (in which Yeovil is located) voted ~57/43% in favour of Brexit. It is therefore very interesting to see the results of our Brexitometer with only a few people believing that Brexit was going well.
We will be running a People’s Vote stall on Middle Street Yeovil from 10.30 until 1 where we will be handing out leaflets, conducting a Brexitometer and hopefully, encouraging people to write to MPs. We will be meeting by the entrance to the Quedam that is just above Waterstones bookshop. There is an empty shop just opposite there. It would be really great if you could join us and pass this information on. We would love to see you if anyone could come and help.
Our first street stall is Taunton was very successful with lots of people coming to talk to us about their concerns with Brexit. We had lots of positive engagement with our Brexitometer – only one person thought that Brexit was going well! In 2016 Taunton Deane voted ~53/47 to leave so it appears that public opinion is really starting to change.
Following the success in Taunton we are now planning several more Street Stalls. Here’s a list of planned dates and locations …
Saturday 1st December
Saturday 8th December
Thursday 13th December
Saturday 15th December
If you are able to come along and help, or just offer moral support, then please join us – the street stalls are a really valuable way of connecting with people. If you have suggestions for locations of street stalls then please also get in touch.
Building on the momentum gained from the inspirational People’s Vote march and as the public mood on Brexit seems to be shifting, we are planning a Somerset Loves Europe street stall in Taunton town centre (the north end of the High Street) on Saturday 17 November between 10.00 – 13.00. It would be really great if you could come along and support us either to run the stall for whole or part of the morning or pop along to lend us some moral support! If you are able to help, please email us. We will be conducting the Brexitometer to gauge public mood so it will be really interesting to get an idea of where people are now in the local area.
This week is a crunch point when we’re expecting to hear more about whatever desperate ‘deal’ the Government has cobbled together. To keep the pressure up for a people’s vote, Best for Britain and the People’s Vote are hosting a snap rally in Central London on Tuesday 13th November (18:30 – 20:30pm). If you can go then please do, all the details are here. Neighbouring group, Devon for Europe are running a coach from Exeter, if you would like to travel with them you can get your tickets here. Also, don’t forget to write, email or speak to your MP (click here to find your MP). If you don’t have the time to write then you can use the People’s Vote Write this Wrong tool to email your MP.
Finally, we are always looking for volunteers, whether to help out with street stalls, deliver leaflets in your local area or join our core team. Please send us an email if you would like to help. Time is running short and even small actions could help prevent a disastrous Brexit being inflicted upon us and future generations.
What a fantastic turn out at the People’s vote march in London on the 20th October! It was absolutely massive – ~1% of the population of the whole UK marching in central London to Parliament Square! We had to wait over two hours just to get moving! Lots of coverage nationally including some on the BBC.
A big thank you to all those who attended, those who couldn’t come but sent messages of support (and donations) and all the organisers. It was a huge, peaceful, diverse, fun and passionate march.
We are putting a page of photographs together. If you would like to add some of you photos please email us a small version of them.
Our even-bigger coach is now full. If you want to join the march and you don’t have a space, let us know, and we can try to put you in touch with other people in the same situation so that you can put together a car-full or travel together on the train.
We have been contacted by someone who was intending to travel from Frome by train but is unfortunately unwell, so now has a spare train ticket. Let us know if you are interested.
For getting to the pick-up points, let us know if either you need a lift, or you are willing to give a lift.
See you all tomorrow; sorry about the early wake-up: it will be worth it!