We now have an updated list of street stalls, so if you have put some in your diary in the past few days, please check. See the Events page.
Revoke Article 50 petition
I’m assuming that you have signed the petition to the Government to revoke Article 50 (and thereby halt the process of leaving the EU) already. Over one in ten of the electorate have, and in some places over a quarter. If not, click here and do it. If you have signed it, you could download and print out this poster with a QR code (that funny square thing that you point your camera at to take it straight to a website). Pin it up next to the coffee machine at work, put it in your window, stick it to lamp posts.
Put it to the People march
Thank you to everyone who came with us on the big march on Saturday. Everyone seems to have had a wonderful day, it was truly a historic occasion. We will put up a page of photos and snippets about the day. If you have any photos or stories to add, please email them to us, and we will add them to the page. And thank-you very much to the people who donated money to help, either with the ticket purchases or just to support us.
Sorry if you missed this excellent talk from Andrew Adonis. We have compiled a report for you, and we will be arranging more similar events soon.
Whatever your plans were for this coming Saturday afternoon, drop them. Andrew Adonis is coming to Taunton, to speak on “Brexit and how it can be stopped”. One of the few UK politicians to speak clearly and wisely throughout the whole sorry Brexit episode, Andrew has campaigned relentlessly against Brexit and for a People’s Vote. We are very excited to have him here at short notice. The talk is in the 1875 Club Room at the Somerset County Cricket ground, Taunton; please arrive at 13:00 for a 13:30 start. See here for more information. Free of charge, but please book tickets from here.
With the government’s Brexit deal defeated again by a large margin, we are waiting for Parliament to vote on rejecting No Deal today, followed by a vote on asking for an extension to Article 50 on Thursday. Assuming that both of those pass, the only practical options are then to go for a People’s Vote on the deal or to cancel Brexit altogether (which Parliament, being sovereign, is perfectly entitled to do). So, keep pushing, keep talking to friends and neighbours, keep writing to your MPs.
The coaches to the march on the 23rd are now full, and we have started a waiting list; email us if you want to be added to it. We have also compiled a list of other ways of getting to the march.
It’s all happening in parliament this week. Just listen out for the news. If you can’t wait until the 23rd, some of us are going to London to make our feelings felt this week. Email us to find out about arrangements.
We have been asked to contribute to BBC Somerset radio tomorrow (Tuesday) at 08:05, so listen out for that.
We’ve got someone famous coming to give a talk in Taunton on Saturday afternoon (16th). We’re putting the finishing touches in place as I write, but keep your diary free between around 1pm and 4pm, and listen out for news from us very soon.
The second coach to the march in London on the 23rd is almost full. If you can’t get a ticket, email us and we’ll put you on the waiting list for cancellations.
Demand is so high for the Put it to the People March on Saturday 23rd March that we have arranged a second coach, taking a more northerly route through Somerset to London. We are now running two coaches from Somerset, both starting from Taunton, one stopping at Yeovil and Wincanton, and the other stopping in Wells, Shepton Mallet and Frome. You can book tickets from here.
We are running a street stall together with European Movement this Saturday (12th Jan) in Yeovil, from 10:00 to 13:00, on Middle Street, opposite the entrance to the Quedam, just above Waterstones. We need a few more people to help. If you have never done it before, it’s very rewarding; it’s a good way to make a real difference. Please contact us if you can help.
One of the main obstacles to stopping Brexit right now is the position of Jeremy Corbyn, so we need to do what we can to change that. Their policy forum website has a proposal on this subject, inviting comments. You don’t have to be a party member to comment, but you do have to register on the site. It’s worth a try.
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!