Getting ready to make our voices heard in Brussels!
Plans are coming together for our big trip to the European Parliament in Brussels.
All 52 tickets for the coach/ ferry have sold out – and others are making their way independently*
We’re being met by our three newly-elected Remain MEPs: Richard Corbett (Lab), Shaffaq Mohammed (Lib Dem) and Magid Magid (Greens)
We’re being joined by EU Supergirl Madeleina Kay and supporters from Angels for Europe, Grassroots for Europe and Women for Europe, the Brussels Light Opera Company and Brussels-based pro EU groups
EU Supergirl Madeliena Kay
*Tickets have sold out – but if you want to be added to our waiting list in case of cancellations, please email. Alternatively, you could of course travel under your own steam and join us in Brussels! please email for more details
The European Elections on 23 May were not expected to be fought here in the UK. For some this is a matter of deep disappointment and a failure of political leadership. Others are delighted and see it is a the first step towards a second referendum and the opportunity to stay in the EU.
Everyone is welcome – whatever your viewpoint
Whatever your point of view you are welcome to attend to hear what the parties have to say. There will also be an opportunity to get your voice heard.
Political parties from across the spectrum
We have invited both Remain and Leave parties to the event to ensure balance. This includes The Green Party, Liberal-Democrats, Change UK, the Yorkshire Party, Labour, Conservative, UKIP and the Brexit Party.
Eminent local Chair
The hustings will be chaired by Professor John C Adams MBE who so successfully chaired a similar cross party meeting in January. Professor Adams is the Vice President of the National Governance Association, Founder of the National Teaching Awards and Treasurer of Humanists UK. He was a Board member of the General Teaching Council, has given evidence to several Select Committees of the House of Commons and was awarded an MBE for services to education in 2013. He lives in Harrogate.
Book your ticket for the EU Election Hustings here: Booking Page
The famous Remain Voice Choir from Yorkshire for Europe recently made its 3rd trip to Parliament to show support for Steve Bray and Stand of Defiance European Movement (SODEM).
The long journey gave us plenty of time to practice our singing with, one or two notable exceptions apart, more enthusiasm than actual skill.
On arrival in London Steve Bray and a film cameraman were there to lead us in past College Green to Parliament Square and accompanied by our tuba player to give that authentic brass band sound and with our white rose and EU flags flying proudly we made our shambolic entrance to cheers from the waiting crowd.
During the visit we enjoyed conversations with Baron Wallace of Saltaire, Lord Newby and Baroness Harris of Richmond (who joined in the singing with great gusto!) and also John Grogan MP for Keighley.
Steve Brays “shout” at 6pm was another highlight and we enthusiastically joined him to tell Parliament to “Stoooooooooooop Brexit”
Our white rose flags and singing attracted a lot of attention throughout the day and we were filmed by ITN, Sky News, Al Jazeera, ARD German TV, Chinese TV, Ugandan TV, by an Irish TV freelance, broadcast on Radio Five live… and, of course, we featured on Channel 4 News.
After doing our best to drown out the Channel 4 news we piled into the coach for the long trip home to Yorkshire happy that we had done what we could to raise the profile of the Remain vote in Yorkshire.
It’s crunch time. On Monday MP’s will be asked to take probably the most important decision since the Second World War – and what they decide will have implications for our country and our society for generations.
The momentum behind the campaign to put the Government’s deal – or any deal – back to the people has never been greater. A million people marched on Saturday, the petition to Revoke Article 50 is nudging the six million mark and opinion polls are now consistently showing a majority in favour of Remain.
But this could still go either way and it’s vital that we get a big show outside Parliament on Monday!
Please come and join your Yorkshire colleagues and support the SODEM protesters and help us to put on a show that MP’s and the world’s media cannot ignore!
Yorkshire for Europe, representing all 12 of the region’s pro-EU groups is organising a fourth rally by Yorkshire groups – for which we’ll be bringing our Yorkshire flags and singing songs from the Yorkshire Remain Voice choir’s popular repertoire. This time it’s more important than ever!
We appreciate Monday is a day when many people are working … but please come and join if you can. It should be fun – and it couldn’t be more important.
NB These are approximate. Please check nearer the time as departure times may change.
8.30am Leeming Bar Rest Area A1 (M) J51 near Bedale DL8 1DT
Free parking in MacDonalds car park (NB It was suggested on Saturday that people parking in McDonalds car park needed to pay to park. Apparently this is not correct. If we find out that there’s a problem, we will switch to Leeming village)
9:00am Boroughbridge High School Bus stop YO51 9JX
From A1(M) J48, go towards town, past Morrisons turn on left and it’s next to the school on the right. You should be able to park in a side street close to the pick up point or in the Morrisons car park five minutes away
9:20am Wetherby Services off the A1 (M)
The coach will pull up at the end of the car park closest to the service station, away from from entrance to retail area. We understand parking for the day is £15. We may be able to advise on alternative parking arrangements.
Want to volunteer with leafleting? Please email us
Here’s some advice we’ve put on the back of the leaflet (which applies equally to our supporters!)
Are you able to give up an hour or two to help hand out leaflets in your area? If so please email us
Meanwhile, the constituencies of Skipton & Ripon(9, 030 signatures/ 9% of constituents) and Thirsk & Malton (7, 271 signatures/ 7.2%) have turned a darker shade of orange on the Petition map – while in Harrogate & Knaresborough is shaded an even deeper orange (10, 887 signatures)
Good to know that the Remain movement is getting stronger here in North Yorkshire!
Brexit revolt as more than a million take to streets in London
What an amazing day! More than a million people from every corner of the nation joined the big Put it to the People march on Saturday. It was one of the biggest gatherings London has seen since VE day – so big that many never got anywhere near Parliament Square to hear the speeches. But it didn’t matter because every one who went left feeling elated – and with a sense that the momentum behind Remain movement is becoming unstoppable.
A record 19 coachloads of supporters – including three from North Yorkshire – set off down the M1. Many more traveled independently. Read the story in the Yorkshire Post
People from all backgrounds, races, nationalities – adults and children, able bodied and disabled – joined together in common purpose: To stop our despotic Prime Minister trying to drag us out of the EU.
There were clusters of white rose flags almost everywhere (we lost count of the number of people who asked, “what’s the flag with the flower?!”)
The march came as the online petition to Revoke Article 50 became the biggest ever seen on the Government’s website (see below). Meanwhileopinion polls suggest the public mood has changed and people generally are going off the whole idea of Brexit.
No longer can the Prime Minister claim it’s the will of the people.
Our second coach to the big march filling up fast!
We’re delighted to report there’s been a big surge in interest for the big “Put it to the People” march in London this Saturday, with no less than 17 coaches already booked from Yorkshire – including one from Huddersfield paid for by Sir Patrick Stewart.
NYfE supporters joined colleagues from other pro EU groups across Yorkshire last Wednesday (13th February) for our first foray outside Parliament – and we immediately made an impact.
– Our press release prompted widespread publicity including this story in the Bradford T& A – Our letter from the newly formed Yorkshire for Europe, an alliance of 10 pro EU groups now active in Yorkshire & the Humber, was hand delivered to all 54 MPs with constituencies in our region – We were met by Mary Creagh, Labour MP for Wakefield, and two other sympathetic Labour MPs from our region – The handover was broadcast on BBC Look North – Our colleagues Martin Brooks (York for Europe ) and Frederika Roberts (Best for Doncaster) secured face-to-face meetings with their respective MPs Julian Sturdy (Con, Outer York) and Caroline Flint (Lab, Don Valley) – We joined more than hundred colleagues from SODEM (Stand of Defiance European Movement) Women for Europe and drew cheers from people passing by and thumbs up and horn blasts from motorists – We joined SODEM’s inimitable Steve Bray for his “Six o Clock Shout” demanding an end to Brexit at the gates of Parliament.
Polly from SODEM has passed on her heartfelt thanks to NYfE/ Yorkshire for Europe – and has asked to keep coming to help build momentum for more and more groups to join us!