Brexit Q&A with Stratford’s Parliamentary Candidates

Stratford4Europe asked the candidates from the four parties standing in Stratford on Avon five questions about their stance on Brexit related issues. The questions and their responses, in full, are below. What are your minimum criteria for an acceptable Brexit deal and what should be done if these are not met? Would you be willing to leave with no deal? Dominic Giles (Green Party) I would like to see us remain in the Single Market, maintain environmental laws and ensure EU citizens have the same rights after Brexit as they…

The Convention: Brexit and the Political Crash

Last week saw a two-day meeting called The Convention – Think Anew, Act Anew hosted by The Observer newspaper and organised by Henry Porter, author and journalist. Post Brexit Britain is a New World. It Requires New Thinking, New Leaders, New Voices and New Ideas. The Convention was the first large-scale event to offer organisations and individuals the chance to hear and take part in crucial debates about the United Kingdom’s future and the populist insurgencies that are sweeping Western democracies. Two members of Stratford4Europe were in attendance on the…

Secret Campaign Weapon Unveiled by Stratford4Europe

Is it a bird, is it a plane, no it’s … Stratford4Europe’s new, state-of-the-art campaign weapon, the “Battle-Bike”! On Saturday the 6th May heads turned and more than a few foreign tourists looked a little bemused as the specially commissioned Battle-Bike was unveiled to the people of Stratford for the very first time.   The high-tech campaign vehicle is a mobile street stall complete with display areas, a merchandising counter, storage space and two masts emblazoned with flags and festooned with balloons. The Battle-Bike, the brainchild and work of two…

Brendan Donnelly urges MPs to stand up against Brexit

Brendan Donnelly , a former MEP, diplomat and writer, is now the director of a prestigious research institute on European affairs. He will be speaking at the invitation of the local, pro- EU group, Stratford4Europe at a public meeting at Stratford upon Avon School on Wednesday May 17th, starting at 7.00 pm. Brendan believes that MPs should have the courage of their convictions in the matter of Brexit, and he will speak on the subject “Can and should Parliament stop Brexit? His view is that Parliament can if it wants…

Stratford District Councillor Proposes Motion To Secure Local EU Citizens’ Future

The following cross-party motion will be proposed by Councillor Fojtik and seconded by Councillor Vaudry at the forthcoming full Council meeting to be held in the Council Chamber at Stratford-on-Avon District Council, Elizabeth House, Church Street, Stratford-upon-Avon on Monday 24 April at 2pm. This is a public meeting and should last about one hour. The Council welcomes all EU citizens, who are expatriates from the other 27 EU Member States, and recognises the valuable role they play in our local economy and the provision of public services in Stratford-on-Avon District….

Talk by Owen Smith MP Postponed

*** Event postponed until after the General Election *** Owen Smith MP, who recently stood for the leadership of the Labour Party and who has since become a strong, outspoken critic of Brexit, will be visiting Stratford to address a public meeting hosted by Stratford4Europe. Owen will be outlining the reasons why he voted against notification of withdrawal from the EU under Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union and will set out his own ideas on the Brexit negotiations as well as on how Parliament should hold the…

What Has The EU Ever Done For Us (in Stratford)?

Contrary to Councillor Juliet Short’s statement made via a live Washington Post Facebook stream that “the EU has never given Stratford-upon-Avon any money”, Stratford4Europe would beg to differ. The total funding given to Warwickshire from the EU is listed on the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership website. This was 36m euros for the European Structural Investment Fund and £2.7m for the European Agriculture Fund for Rural Development for 2014 – 2020. Tracking down exactly which projects received EU funding can be difficult as many projects receive matched funding and…

100,000 Gather To Unite For Europe March in London

On Saturday, March 25th, 2017, a hundred strong representation of Stratford4Europe made their way to London to join a peaceful demonstration of solidarity with Europe and to show their concern for the future of the UK out of the EU.  As a policeman jokingly observed, it was the “politest march ever”. “I’m British. I’m on a march. Things must be bad.” read one placard, “Brits Don’t Quit” said another. The march coincided with EU leaders gathering to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome. The…

Stratford4Europe’s Campaign Goes Global!

Left to right: Jeff Kenner, Cllr. Juliet Short, Karla Adam, Griff Witte, Meg Gain and Jonathan Baker. STRATFORD4EUROPE’S CAMPAIGN GOES GLOBAL! When one of the most widely circulated newspapers in the USA, The Washington Post, the same paper that famously exposed the Watergate scandal, wants to do a news story on Brexit where do they go and who do they want to speak to?  The answers: Stratford-upon-Avon, and Stratford4Europe. On Thursday 16th March two journalists from the London Bureau of The Washington Post, Karla Adam and Griff Witte, travelled up…