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…

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…

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….

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…

EU Citizens Make Vital Contributions

Letter published in the Stratford Herald on Thursday, 8th March, 2017 Dear Editor, Stratford-on-Avon District is home to around 5,000 European Union citizens or ‘expats’ from our 27 EU partner countries. With over 85% in employment, higher than the UK average, EU citizens make a vital contribution to our local economy and our community. EU workers play an essential role in our NHS and hard-pressed social care services, they ensure that our farmers can get their food to market, and many work in the catering and hospitality sectors that are…

Stratford Herald: Two hundred at pro-EU group launch

A LEADING academic has urged a pro-EU group in Stratford to end Brexit, writes Matthew Snape. Stratford4Europe held its first public meeting at Stratford School on Wednesday, 1st March, when Professor Anthony Clifford Grayling insisted that volunteers ‘stop Brexit and keep Britain in the European Union’. He said that last year’s referendum result was advisable and not binding, arguing that the Leave campaign produced ‘bogus claims’ that misinformed people. Describing the European Union as magnificent, he said that he is ‘proud that Britain shares its history with famous Europeans like Einstein’. The…

Worried About Brexit?

“A Country That Works For Everyone” should include the 48%. Brexit resistance is growing. The Conservative government has turned the EU Referendum into a vote on immigration and is intent on taking the UK out of the Single Market, regardless of the economic damage it will inflict on ordinary British people and EU citizens who have made their lives here. You don’t have to accept this.  Make your voice heard.  JOIN STRATFORD4EUROPE. The Brexit resistance. “It’s getting bigger all the time.”