Stratford Herald: Brexit Adds Pressure on Local Hotels

Reprinted in full from this Thursday’s edition of the Stratford Herald, see link below. “The Brexit vote is heaping yet more pressure on Stratford’s hospitality industry as local hotels struggle to recruit staff. Hotels in Stratford are already experiencing difficulties in recruiting staff, but there are fears that leaving the Europe may discourage EU workers from wanting to work in Britain’s hotels or tempt existing workers to leave. Some have suggested that worries over the fall in value of the pound and uncertainty over the rights of EU workers could…

S4E Exclusive – Meeting with Daniel Dalton MEP

Stratford4Europe members Jonathan Baker and George Longstaff secured an exclusive meeting with local MEP (and Conservative) Daniel Dalton. The following report is not a transcript but notes from that meeting as Daniel responded to set questions from Stratford4Europe. Brexit and its likely outcome Daniel voted to Remain and still feels this would have been the best outcome from the referendum in June 2016. He feels that the best deal we can hope to ever achieve with the EU is the one we have now.  Although it is technically possible for Article…

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…

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…

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…