Stratford4Europe Asks On The Risk To Our NHS, “Brexit: Is It Worth It?”

Whilst the Brexiteers in charge of Brexiting continue to contradict themselves and each other, as well as deny promises made during the referendum campaign, the House of Commons Select Committees are systematically and methodically analysing the impact Brexit will have on the various aspects of our daily lives. Experts (yes, experts!) from both sides of the campaign are invited to submit evidence to these inquiries and a series of reports are being churned out. In other words, undertaking the painstaking, rigorous assessments that the public had been led to believe…

Stratford4Europe Asks On Security, “Brexit: Is It Worth It?”

Continuing our series of topical issues and debating the impact of Brexit upon them, Stratford4Europe turns to the question of security. The Foreign Affairs Committee, a cross-party committee of MPs appointed by the House of Commons to scrutinise Government on foreign policy issues, has recently published a report, The future of UK diplomacy in Europe. Stratford4Europe notes from the Conclusions, “The task of representing the UK’s interests and exercising influence in the EU institutions will be more difficult when the UK is a third country.” Tom Tugendhat MP (Cons), who…

Stratford4Europe Asks On Local Issues, “Brexit. Is it worth it?”

To mark the anniversary of triggering Article 50, Stratford4Europe are asking the constituents of Stratford-on-Avon, “Is Brexit Worth It?”. Designed to open dialogue, Stratford4Europe are asking people if, one year on, is Brexit really worth it? Is it worth the risk to our local economy which relies on the agriculture, automotive and hospitality industries?  Is it worth the rising food and petrol prices? Is it worth the risk to our NHS?  Is it worth the risk to our relationships within the Union, with Ireland and with our European friends and…

Update from “Brexit: Is it worth it?” National Bus Tour

The Is it worth it? campaign was launched as an online crowdfunding appeal in December 2017, initiated by local non-party grassroots group Camden for Europe.  Over 600 ordinary people from around the UK donated a total of over £16,000 to make it possible. Charles Sleaford, organiser and crowdfunder, reported: “The main aim was to get media coverage and we achieved: 6 national TV programmes 18 national newspaper and on-line stories 9 regional and local TV and radio programmes 21 regional and local newspaper and on-line stories 7 international TV and radio…

Brexit Cafe: Bridging The Divide, One Cup At A Time

Following the success of our December launch, a radical new initiative called “Brexit Café” is being held again. This bi-monthly event aims to help build bridges between those on either side of the highly charged and emotive Brexit debate. Everyone will be welcome to drop in for a free tea or coffee and a chat.  There will be the possibility to discuss things in a calm and friendly environment. Come and share a ‘cuppa’ with us and exchange opinions with those from both sides of the Brexit debate. At a…

S4E 2017: Our Year In Numbers

Review of the Year 2017 – in numbers On 4th December, Stratford for Europe celebrated a year’s campaigning activities with an Open Meeting attended by members of the Steering Group and many of our supporters – a total of fifty in all who enjoyed an evening of reflection and debate as well as Christmas cheer and mince pies (plus many other goodies). Many thanks to those who turned out and to everyone who has supported us over the year. What we’ve achieved this year… Review of the Year 2017 –…

S4E Street Stall Survey – Focus On The NHS

On Saturday, November 11th, nearly three hundred members of the public were asked the following questions: How did you vote in the EU referendum? How would you vote now? Is Brexit turning out better or worse than you expected? Do you think that Brexit will help or harm the NHS? The results gave the following headlines: Compared to voting at the time of the referendum to now there was an overall swing from Leave to Remain of 14% net. Were this to be replicated nationally it would reverse the EU…

Britain4Europe: Mass Lobby of Parliament

On 24th October, Britain for Europe organised a conference in Westminster Hall with many high-profile speakers who came to address the representatives from their associated groups all over the country. They also provided the facility and guidance on how to lobby MPs. The Stratford4Europe team came prepared with lists of questions for our local MPs and were very pleased that both Nadhim Zahawi (Stratford) and Matt Western (Warwick & Leamington), having been notified of the mass lobby, came to meet us and discuss the issues we raised. The conference ran…

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…