We need help with our street stalls in Taunton tomorrow (Thursday) and on Saturday (at a place to be decided). Please let us know if you can spare a few hours to share your views with the general public. People are very friendly, even the hardened Brexiteers, so now’s your chance to make a difference.
Bollocks to Brexit Bus
The bus will be at the Cheese & Grain in Frome from 11:45 on Saturday. Looks like it will be quite an event. More information here.
The more the sorry saga of Brexit goes on, the more hope we have that it can be stopped. But now is not the time to rest: we need to push harder than ever to save the UK from this nonsense.
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.
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!
The coach filled up, but we were able to order an even bigger one. But be quick, the new seats are filling fast too!
There are no more coaches available from Taunton for Saturday (we’ve asked all the companies). If you can’t get a ticket from the links above and you would like to join us, email us, and we will try to put you in touch with other people travelling from this area, to get some car-loads together or give you company on the train.
We have now firmed up the details of the pick-up times and places; see here.
At the time of writing, our coach to the People’s March is almost full. So, if you can’t get a ticket from the links on the website and you would like to join us, email us, and we will see if we can get enough numbers to book a second coach.
Each generation has that one big political march that people still talk about many years later. The ’60’s had the Ban the Bomb marches; the noughties the march against the invasion of Iraq. Ours is less than two weeks away: the People’s Vote march, demanding a vote on any final deal (or no-deal) with the EU on Brexit, including the option to remain. And this time, we can win. A majority of politicians know that Brexit is bad for the country, its people, and its economy.
On Saturday 20th October, there will be a huge march in London. There is a coach leaving Taunton at around 7:30 in the morning, stopping off in Frome around 9:00 to pick up more people, then off to the march. We should be back in Frome around 8 pm and Taunton a little after 9. It’s going to be a great atmosphere, on the march and on the coach. We would love to have you on board.