Reinventing North Yorkshire for Europe
We lost the battle to stop the Prime Minister dragging us out of the EU under false pretences and against the will of the majority.
Now begins a new phase in our campaign. Working with other groups in Yorkshire and around the country, we’ve started to put together plans for a new set of campaign priorities. Here are some of them:
- Making common cause with local EU27 citizens and offering support with the process of gaining settled status
- Holding the Government to account as the negative consequences of Brexit are felt (and not allowing the PM to get away with pretending Brexit is now done and we shouldn’t talk about it any more!)
- Campaigning for close alignment with EU rules and minimum standards – and for an extension to the transition period
- Championing EU values and priorities of peace, democracy, diversity & human rights, workers’ rights, environmental & animal welfare standards, action on climate change etc
- Rejoining the EU (our long-term campaign objective)
We’re also looking at other specific initiatives:
- Working with the Reunion Chorus (formerly Yorkshire Remain Voice Choir) on plans for new ambassadorial role promoting EU values
- Plans for Yorkshire edition of Byline Times, pro EU online newspaper (see below)
- Planned regional Citizens’ Assemblies to help address the UK’s yawning democratic deficit
- Europe Day celebrations on May 9th
- Possible EU drop in cafe in Harrogate
To start the process of taking practical action towards these objectives, we’re holding an extended supporters’ meeting on Saturday, March 21st at the Friends’ Meeting House, Harrogate.
After a formal proceedings of our AGM (election of officers etc), we will split people off into working groups looking at various campaign areas.
Please join us if you can. The meeting will run from 2pm – 4.30pm and afterwards everyone is invited to a brief social gathering at a nearby hostelry.
Interested in a particular working group? (Click on the relevant heading):
Linking up with EU27 citizens including possible drop-in cafe
Fostering links with EU27 countries
Helping to support/ revive town twinning associations with particular emphasis on young people; seeking funding for educational initiatives involving local schools.
Monitoring Brexit fallout
Gathering data on negative consequences locally and regionally. Organising letter-writing campaigns plus possible material for Byline Yorkshire online newspaper (see bLOG POST).
Check out our Facebook Page to see the latest on what we’ve been up to and what we’re planning: http://www.facebook.com/NYorksEurope/
Dates for Your Diary
Sat, March 21st
2pm – 4:30pm NYfE AGM and extended supporters’ meeting, Friends Meeting House, 12A Queen Parade, Harrogate HG1 5PP. All welcome!
Sat, March 28th
Reunion Chorus Rehearsal, (2pm band only; 3pm choir & band) Friends Meeting House, Harrogate
Sat, May 9th
Europe Day/ Festival of Europe