Taunton Street Stall and Critical Phase Snap Rally

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.

Fantastic turn-out for the People’s Vote March

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.

Somerset coaches to the People’s Vote march are now live

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.

You can book the Taunton tickets here, and the Frome ones here. See our dedicated page for the latest information.

If you would like any more information then please send us an email.

People’s Vote March, 20th October

Our best bet for stopping Brexit is currently the People’s Vote campaign. There will be a march to support it in London on Saturday 20th October, and it’s going to be huge! We are planning to run a coach from Taunton; please let us know if you want a seat, using our contact form or by email.

If you live in the north or west of the county, you might find it more convenient to use one of the coaches being arranged by Bath for Europe , Bristol for Europe or Devon for Europe. But do find us and march with us under the Somerset banner!

More details as soon as we have them …

 

March for a People’s Vote

Approximately two years have passed since the 2016 referendum. During that time, new facts not apparent at the time of the referendum have come to light about the costs and complexity of Brexit. Promises made by politicians about Brexit, like more money for our NHS, are not going to be kept. The Brexit process is a complete mess and the negotiations are going badly, which makes it more likely that we will get a bad deal.

The People’s Vote campaign seeks to ensure that the government’s Brexit deal is put before the country in a public vote so that we can decide if a decision that will affect our lives for generations makes the country better or worse off. Good deal or bad deal, it’s definitely a big deal – and that’s why it should be put to a People’s Vote.

Please join us at the People’s Vote march on Saturday 23rd June. Meeting at Pall Mall from 12.00pm. All the details are here. Sorry we are not organising coaches but there may still be spaces on the coaches organised by Bath for Europe, Bristol for Europe, Devon for Europe and Dorset for Europe.

And the People Marched …

What a wonderful turn out at the People’s March for Europe in London on Saturday 9th September, including a group from Somerset Loves Europe. It was very inspiring to meet so many people that are passionate about maintaining a positive and constructive relationship with Europe. A big thank you to the organisers, the speakers, all those who attended and those who showed their support. Here is the report of the march from the BBC news. We are putting together a photo gallery from the day so please email us your photographs.

Although summer may be over, the political temperature is hotting up again and Brexit is front and central on the national political agenda, both in Westminster and at the forthcoming party conferences. It’s important that pro-Europeans make our voices heard. So don’t miss out on the next big events including Bournemouth, Brighton and the really big one in Manchester.

So next up it is Bournemouth  …

People’s March for Europe

The People’s March for Europe is happening this Saturday in London.

There are many other events happening throughout the autumn. Please attend as many as possible to make your voice heard. Here are just a few …

Sunday 17th September – Liberal Democrats Party Conference – Bournemouth
Sunday 24th September – Labour Party Conference – Brighton
Sunday 1st October – Conservative Party Conference – Manchester
Saturday 14th October – Regional Rallies – Bristol and other locations

Bath for Europe and Bristol for Europe are organising transport to some of the above so please contact them if this helps with your travel arrangements.

Europe Day Celebrations

Throughout the UK picnics are being organised to celebrate Europe Day. We have chosen the historic Cadbury Castle, reputed home of the legendary King Arthur, as our picnic location. Please join us on Sunday 14th May to celebrate peace and unity throughout Europe. Please invite your family and friends, bring your favourite picnic food and let’s celebrate Europe.

For more information please see the poster or send us an email.

For more information about Europe Day Picnics in other areas please see the Greenwich For Europe website.

Unite for Europe

We thank everyone who travelled to join over 100,000 others at the much-needed and inspiring Unite for Europe march in London. We loved meeting everyone from Somerset – both on the coach, wonderfully organised by Frome Labour for Europe, and those who found our banner during the day. We cannot imagine a more positive and appropriate way to celebrate of the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome.

We have put together a photo gallery of a few of the images from the march. If you would like to add your photographs to the gallery then please email them to us.

On Wednesday 29 March 2017, Theresa May  triggered Article 50 of the Lisbon treaty – the single most destructive political act of almost all of our lifetimes. If we believe that the future of both Britain and Europe will be better (more peaceful and prosperous) standing together, then the people of Somerset must be brave enough to say so! We warmly invite everyone who has already discovered Somerset LOVEs Europe to encourage all of your pro-European Somerset friends, relatives, colleagues and neighbours to join us here.

The march goes on …

The Unite for Europe March is going ahead as planned!
This is a statement from Britain for Europe…

“As you will already have heard, the march organisers have confirmed with the police that it can and will go ahead. Britain for Europe remains committed to the march because we believe the importance of continuing with planned activities following the vicious attack in Westminster and the commitment of so many people to the march outweighs other considerations. We have asked the organisers to observe a one minute silence in memory of those who lost their lives, and all those who have suffered injuries both physical and psychological.”

The email issued by European Movement yesterday was poorly worded, as it may have insinuated that the march was cancelled, this was never the case. They have since clarified with a further email.

We would encourage all of our members to join in with the minutes silence. Another idea that has gained popularity on social media is to bring a flower to lay down in remembrance of the events of earlier in the week. Whilst there are a lot of merits to this idea, please do restrict it to one flower and not bunches. The practicalities of this happening on a large march remain to be seen.

There are a few coach tickets still available departing from Frome Station at 7:30 am.

We know its short notice, but if you would like to join us please  email us a matter of urgency.

We have a pre-march meeting point in London, at Wellington Arch in the middle of the Hyde Park Corner junction, for those on our coach and those travelling by other means to meet up.

In London

The nearest tube station to our meeting point at Wellington Arch is Hyde Park Corner.

Departure time for the coach from London will be 6:00 pm.
The departure point will be decided by the coach driver on the day depending on the conditions.

We look forward to seeing you on the march.