STRATFORD-ON-AVON DELEGATION TO MARCH ON PARLIAMENT
On Saturday 25th March, a 60 strong delegation from the Stratford District will travelling down to London by coach to represent Stratford-on-Avon on the ‘Unite for Europe National March to Parliament’. A similar number of residents will also be journeying down under their own steam and meeting up in Park Lane. It is estimated that this will be largest contingent from Stratford ever to take part in a national demonstration.
The combined group from Stratford will be joining like-minded groups from across the country in what promises to be the largest demonstration of its kind in London. The aim of the march is to show Parliament that 48% of the people who voted ‘remain’ in the June referendum still exist and that a growing proportion of the population still believe Britain will be better off within a peaceful, prosperous and united Europe.
The march, which is due to commence at 11.00 am, marks the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome which led to the creation of the European Economic Community, the forerunner of the EU. It has also been planned to coincide with the triggering of Article 50 when the government officially starts the process of leaving the EU.
The chief organiser of the Stratford delegation, Vikki Parker, a founder member of the cross-party, local campaign group, ‘Stratford4Europe’, said:
‘The Unite for Europe march provides a much needed opportunity to demonstrate to Parliament the depth of feeling of the millions of people who voted to remain in the EU and who believe Brexit is a catastrophic mistake. The impressive number taking part from Stratford says something about the depth of dismay felt about Brexit across the district. Our voice must be heard.’
Jonathan Baker, the chair of Stratford4Europe, said,
‘More and more people in Stratford are waking up to the realities of the future for Britain outside the EU and are refusing to be shouted down by those determined to push the country off a cliff edge. It is becoming clearer, day-by-day, that the wheels of the Brexit bus are coming off as we now learn the true bill for leaving the EU and the deliberately misleading promises about taking back control.’